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Laura Stabile

Laura Stabile

Program: Cancer Biology

412-623-7821 las22@pitt.edu Hillman Cancer Center
5117 Centre Avene Lab 2.7
Pittsburgh PA
Summary

Dr. Stabile's laboratory is focused on the role of growth factors and hormones in the development of non-small cell lung cancer. Estrogen receptor signaling has been shown to be important in inducing proliferation in lung tumor preclinical models as well as promoting aggressive disease in lung cancer patients. We have demonstrated both genomic and non-genomic effects of estrogen in the lung and have elucidated cross-talk between the estrogen signaling pathway and multiple growth factor pathways including epidermal growth factor receptor, fibroblast growth factor receptor, hepatocyte growth factor and vascular endothelial growth factor. These preclinical studies have led to clinical trials examining the effectiveness of the anti-estrogen fulvestrant combined with targeted therapies for advanced stage lung cancer. Current interests include: 1) examining the mechanistic link between inflammation and estrogen signaling in lung carcinogenesis; 2) identification of dietary factors that modify lung cancer risk; and 3) development of novel therapeutic and prevention strategies involving hormonal manipulation and/or anti-inflammatory therapies in select high-risk populations.

Research Interests and Keywords
  • Hormones
  • estrogen
  • estrogen receptor
  • epidermal growth factor receptor
  • fibroblast growth factor receptor
  • hepatocyte growth factor
  • vascular endothelial growth factor
  • signal transduction
  • lung cancer
  • targeted cancer therapies
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