Alejandro Aguilera Castrejón in the lab holding up a small vial of red culture medium

What’s Next for Alejandro Aguilera Castrejón

MIT Koch Institute

Catch up with Alejandro Aguilera Castrejón, an inaugural winner of the Angelika Amon Young Scientist Award in 2022. Aguilera talks about his plans for building on his doctoral work in embryogenesis and starting a new lab when he begins his new role as a group leader at HHMI’s Janelia Research Campus in March 2024.

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Staggered Drug Delivery Shows Promise in Treating Aggressive Breast Cancer

MIT News

KI member Michael Yaffe and his laboratory team report finding, in the May 11 issue of Cell, that staggering the doses of two common cancer drugs dramatically boosts their ability to kill a particularly malignant type of breast cancer cells. Yaffe has been studying the complex cell signaling pathways of cancer cells and the ability of dysfunctional pathways to promote uncontrolled cell growth. He is now working with researchers at Dana Farber Cancer Institute to plan clinical trials of the novel approach.

Collaboration Key in Unique Attack on Cancer

MIT News

The Bridge Project collaboration between the Koch Institute at MIT and Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center (DF/HCC) awarded funding to four interdisciplinary teams on March 6, 2012. The teams will work together on two of the most lethal forms of cancer—pancreatic and glioblastoma, a type of brain cancer.  The unprecedented clinical research effort awards teams made up of biologists, bioengineers and clinical researchers from both cancer centers. It is the most extensive collaboration of its kind between Boston's two National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer centers. 

National Medal of Science Awarded to Rudolf Jaenisch

MIT News

Koch Institute member Rudolf Jaenisch has been recognized for his work that has led to major advances in our understanding of mammalian cloning and embryonic stem cells.

KI Director to be Named to National Cancer Advisory Board

The White House

In the White House announcement of his appointment, Koch Institute Director Tyler Jacks was recognized by the President for his depth of experience and tremendous dedication to cancer research.

Koch Institute and OMJP launch TRANSCEND

MIT News

KI announced a major strategic partnership with Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and its affiliates, called TRANSCEND, whereby the parties will begin to collaborate in multiple areas of oncology research and technology development.

David H. Koch Gives $100 Million to MIT for Cancer Research

MIT News

MIT has announced a $100 million gift from Koch Industries executive and MIT alumnus David H. Koch that will usher in new paradigms in highly integrative cancer research. The gift will bring together MIT scientists and engineers under one roof to develop new and powerful ways to detect, diagnose, treat, and manage this often deadly disease.