"Nagrath works closely with Wicha and other Michigan oncologists to design chips that can capture and handle cancer cells in different ways, for different purposes. One of her recent projects with Nithya Ramnath, an associate professor of medical oncology, studied whether circulating tumor cells captured from blood could monitor the progression of lung cancer as well as biopsies, which typically involves removing samples from the tumor with a large needle."
We proposed an idea — a really bold idea — that we take cancer cells from these patients through blood samples. We culture the cells, and we treat these cultures with the same drugs that she’s administering to the patients in the clinic.
— Professor Sunitha Nagrath