Frank B. Gertler

Frank Gertler

Professor Emeritus

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Frank B. Gertler


(617) 253-5511

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Research Summary

The Gertler Laboratory studied the molecular mechanisms underlying tumor cell invasion and metastasis. Gertler identified key regulators of cytoskeletal dynamics and cell adhesion that contribute to tumor progression and metastasis. His lab used cell biological and mouse modeling approaches to investigate how bi-directional signaling between tumor cells and their microenvironment impacts metastasis and resistance to therapy. 


Frank Gertler received his PhD in 1992 from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has been presented with the following honors: the American Society for Cell Biology’s Early Career Life Scientist Award (2003), the W.M. Keck Foundation's Distinguished Young Scholars in Medical Research award (2000), and the McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience’s McKnight Scholar Award (2000). 

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