Principal Investigator

Lei Xu, Ph.D. University of Rochester work Box 633 601 Elmwood Ave Rochester NY 14642 p (585) 273-1440 f (585) 273-1450


Xu Lab University of Rochester work KMRB 2-9645 601 Elmwood Ave Rochester NY 14642 p (585) 273-1302 f (585) 273-1450


Cancer Metastasis

Expression of GPR56 (green) leads to the formation of a fishnet structure of TG2 (red) in melanoma. Blue: nuclei.

The Xu laboratory investigates the mechanism of metastasis, the spread of cancer cells from their original loci to other parts of the body. It is the major cause of death in cancer patients, but exactly how it occurs is not clear. Metastasis involves multiple levels of interactions between migrating tumor cells and their microenvironment. Understanding these interactions will greatly enhance our knowledge on metastasis and lead to a better treatment of cancer. A major focus of the laboratory is thus to dissect these interactions by studying the functions of cell surface molecules during tumor spread. Knockout mice, mouse cancer models, as well as various biochemical and bioinformatics tools are used in the laboratory.

Current Research Projects


The Xu lab is happy to accept rotation students at this time. Please contact Dr. Xu for more information.

Recent Publications