Nella seconda metà degli anni novanta John Dick dell’Università di Toronto identificò nella leucemia una sottopopolazione cellulare che era in grado di rigenerare il tumore in topi immunocompromessi. Da allora la presenza di sottopopolazioni in grado di riprodurre il tumore di partenza è stata riportata anche in diversi tumori solidi.
Caterina La Porta
Caterina A. M. La Porta is currently associate professor of General Pathology at University of Milan and group leader of the Molecular Oncology Laboratory. In 2015, she founded the Center for Complexity & Biosystems at the University of Milan. She has been visiting scientist in many international universities and institutes, including University of North Carolina, MIT, Cornell University, Weizmann Institute and Aalto University. The focus of her group is to understand cancer progression, cell cycle division and related mechanical properties. The group is also investigating the mechanisms underlining neurodegenerative pathologies. Member of many international societies, referee and member of the editorial board of many international journals. She organized several workshops and conferences including two interdisciplinary workshops on the physics of cancer funded by CECAM and ESF.