Koch Institute Public Galleries

Visitors to the Koch Institute Public Galleries can explore current cancer research projects, examine striking biomedical images, hear personal reflections on cancer and cancer research and investigate the historical, geographical and scientific contexts out of which the Koch Institute emerged.

Research at the Koch Institute

The Koch Institute brings scientists and engineers together to solve the problems of cancer.  We have identified five areas of research that we believe are critical for rapid progress toward controlling cancer.

Outreach

The Koch Institute engages public audiences of all ages and backgrounds in current cancer research through a variety of public events, youth outreach programs, and online resources about new cancer solutions.

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Creating novel devices for cancer detection and monitoring

Early detection and monitoring is critical to mounting effective cancer treatments. The molecular differences that make cancer cells lethal when left unchecked also provide the clues for their detection, identification and visualization.

Koch Institute Image Awards

The annual Koch Institute Image Awards were established to recognize and publicly display these extraordinary visuals. Out of nearly 100 submissions, 10 inaugural winning images were selected by an expert panel to appear in the Galleries.

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Swanson Biotechnology Center

These 14 shared biotechnology laboratories provide state-of-the-art tools and specialized expertise to Koch Institute researchers, while also bringing together scientists and engineers to foster interdisciplinary collaboration.

People

In creating a new era for cancer research, the Koch Institute’s greatest assets are its people. Our world renowned faculty unites leadership in multiple fields of science and engineering with a commitment to truly interdisciplinary collaboration.

People

Inside the Lab: J. Christopher Love

Learn more about how the Love lab is using miniature microtiter plates and microfluidics to evaluate populations of cells, maximize their productivity, and ultimately improve the process of developing cancer biologics.

Research

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Our research is conducted in five areas:

Cancer Immunology

Cancer Immunology

Engineering the immune system to fight cancer... more

Personalized Medicine

Personalized Medicine

Advancing personalized medicine through analysis of cancer pathways and drug resistance... more

Metastasis

Metastasis

Exploring the molecular and cellular basis of metastasis... more

Detection + Monitoring

Detection + Monitoring

Creating novel devices for cancer detection and monitoring... more

Nano-based Drugs

Nano-based Drugs

Developing nanotechnology-based cancer therapeutics... more

Support

With your support, we aim to improve the lives of cancer patients. Our expert cancer biologists and engineers work in tandem to tackle today's most challenging cancer problems and deliver solutions that lead to longer, healthier lives.

Your contributions can make a difference in the fight against cancer. We welcome your help to continue our progress.

News + Events

Ovarian Cancer Awareness

Special Symposium: Bridging the Gap in Ovarian Cancer

Join us on September 16 for Bridging the Gap in Ovarian Cancer, a special symposium for ovarian cancer patients, survivors, family members, advocates, researchers, and other interested members of the public. Register here more...

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SOLUTIONS with/in/sight: Women Converge on Cancer

On September 16, join three staunch advocates for cancer research to learn more about the personal journeys and powerful collaborations at the forefront of the fight against cancer. more...

New technique allows for better study of hepatitis B and drug treatments

Members of Sangeeta Bhatia’s laboratory at MIT and Charles Rice’s laboratory at The Rockefeller University describe how to effectively stabilize liver cells and infect them robustly with the hepatitis B virus, which will allow researchers to study the immune response and investigate new treatments for the virus. more...

A new way to rapidly study cancer-causing mutations

In a study appearing in Nature, KI researchers have shown that they can generate liver tumors in adult mice by using a gene-editing tool to disrupt tumor suppressor genes. This technique allows for rapid screening of these mutations and tumors’ response to treatment without needing to undergo the long and expensive process of breeding a strain of mice with a particular mutation. more...

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Center of Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence

The MIT-Harvard Center for Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence is a collaborative effort among MIT, Harvard University, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Brigham and Women's Hospital. more

Making Tumors Vulnerable

Watch this animation to learn how the Bhatia lab uses nanomaterials to make tumors more susceptible to treatment. more

Sensing Cancer

Watch this animation to see how a tiny, implantable sensor developed by the Cima lab could enable continuous monitoring of cancer. more

Stopping the Spread of Cancer

Watch this animation to learn about the Gertler lab's efforts to understand and fight the deadly process of metastasis. more

Engineering the Immune System

Watch this animation to learn how the Irvine lab uses nanomaterials-based "cell backpacks" to boost the immune response to cancer. more

Cutting off Cancer's Food Supply

Watch this animation to learn how the Vander Heiden lab is working to understand and target cancer metabolism. more

Bridge Project

The Bridge Project is a collaboration between the Koch Institute and the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center (DF/HCC), designed to bring bioengineering and clinical oncology together to solve today’s most challenging problems in cancer research and care.

with/in/sight Lecture Series

Join us for a series of evening programs that bring together diverse expert perspectives to discuss emerging cancer solutions.