Léa Marpeaux - Cellular Biology

Léa is a PhD candidate in cell biology at the Université de Montréal, affiliated with theInstitute for Research in Immunology and Cancer (IRIC).

"Each of us is made up of billions of cells, invisible to the naked eye, that communicate with each other. These cells multiply only when our body needs them. But sometimes a cell can become abnormal and multiply uncontrollably. A cluster of abnormal cells then develops in one place in the body, leading to the development of a disease called cancer. In some cases, abnormal cells can break off from this cluster and move elsewhere in the body to form other clusters, making the cancer worse. My research project aims to determine how abnormal cells, called cancer cells, communicate with each other as they move. The discoveries that will be made will lead to a better understanding of how cancer cells move through the body and, in the longer term, to the development of new treatments for the most serious cancers."