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Rebecca Heise, Ph.D.

Research program member: Cancer Molecular Genetics

Box 843067
800 E. Leigh St.
Richmond, VA 23284




Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering


PhD, University of Pittsburgh (2008)

Research description

Mechanobiology is the application or analysis of the role of mechanical forces in prompting a cellular response, leading to a quantifiable change in form and/or function. The pulmonary mechanobiology lab seeks to understand how cells sense and respond to mechanical forces in the healthy and diseased lung, and to use this information to find more effective treatments for pulmonary disease, therapeutic targets for lung cancer, and approaches for lung regeneration. Specific projects examine angiogenesis, cellular senescence, and inhaled cancer drug delivery.

Research keywords

Angiogenesis,Cancer cell biology,Senescence

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