Dr. Dorothy Sipkins, MD, PhD, is an associate professor at the Duke University Medical Center in the Division of Hematological Malignancies and Cellular Therapy. The Sipkins Lab studies the molecular characteristics of tissue microenvironments, or “niches,” that regulate the migration, survival and regeneration of cancerous cells. In combination with classical molecular and cell biology approaches, the lab utilizes state-of-the-art multiphoton and confocal optical imaging techniques to explore these questions in vivo, in real-time in mouse models of leukemia and breast cancer.

Congratulations to the entire lab for their recently published paper in June of 2024! A special shout out goes out to Danhui Ma for bringing this work across the finish line. Titled “Breast cancer exploits neural signaling pathways for bone-to-meninges metastasis,” the project was based on several years of research and collaboration, and was published in Science!