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The Wistar Institute

3601 Spruce Street

Room 452

Philadelphia, PA 19104

 

Office: 215-495-6937

Introduction

Ashani Weeraratna is an assistant professor in the Tumor Microenvironment and Metastasis Program of The Wistar Institute Cancer Center and a member of Wistar's Melanoma Research Center. Her laboratory focuses on unraveling the molecular mechanisms involved in melanoma metastasis with a particular emphasis on the Wnt signaling pathway, which comprises a family of proteins that have been shown to have great implications in fetal development as well as cancer. Another major interest of her laboratory lies in examining the link between changes in the tumor microenvironment, such as hypoxia, and aging associated senescence, and melanoma progression.