Conquering aggressive tumors and helping patients survive and live well is my life's work. I have devoted my career in science to understand the reasons why tumors become very aggressive and to developing new strategies to cure breast cancer everywhere in the world. -Sofia D. Merajver
Tumors vary in their ability to spread to organs through a phenomenon called metastasis. The Merajver Breast Cancer Research Program deconstructs the metastasis process in order to find new cures for aggressive cancers. In the clinic, Dr. Merajver and her team put science into practice every day by helping women at high risk for breast cancer find ways to deal with the risk. We do this by helping whole families understand how to manage and decrease their risk of cancer and how to modify lifestyle factors to help keep cancer away. Dr. Merajver also treats women with the most aggressive types of cancer, such as inflammatory breast cancer, triple-negative breast cancer, cancer in very young women, pregnancy-associated breast cancer, BRCA1/2-associated cancers, and others. We offer all of the hope that science can provide, wielded by compassionate hands and brains. We do not turn anyone away nor do we think any case is hopeless before we start: there is always something we can offer by fighting cancer and rooting for life with the patient and the family. Click here to watch a testimonial from one of Dr. Meravjer's patients.
Dr. Merajver is Scientific Director of the Breast Cancer Program and Director of the Breast and Ovarian Cancer Risk Evaluation Program at the UM Comprehensive Cancer Center. She is also Professor of Internal Medicine and Epidemiology.
Dr. Merajver's research laboratory is devoted to understanding the molecular and metabolic regulators of very aggressive breast cancer types. The primary areas of focus are systems biology, mathematical oncology, biophysics, cell biology, genetics, and drug development. She works in concert both in the lab and in the clinic, making the lab advances immediately available, through novel interventions and clinical trials, to her patients.
Breast cancer kills women everywhere and makes thousands of children orphans every year in the world. We cannot turn our backs on those who have little hope of finding help for their disease because they are poor or disadvantaged in society. Dr. Merajver also applies her extensive education and experience in Medicine, Physics, Public Health, and Systems Biology to help build and strengthen health programs at the University of Michigan, at the UM Cancer Center and at many collaborating institutions in the Middle East, North Africa, Ghana, Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. She has worked with colleagues on strengthening cancer programs in Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Ecuador, Ghana, US, and Germany. The goal of her global cancer work is to work closely with partners in teams to create structures and health care delivery models to prevent cancer, diagnose it early and efficiently, and treat the disease and palliate symptoms in the most effective resource-appropriate manner. An important goal is to save lives and improve quality of life through prevention and early detection by working in teams. An important distinguishing philosophy of Dr. Merajver's work is her belief in the power of student teams from the partner institutions and from the US working together to sustain the gains achieved everywhere in the world.
Steve Allen, MD, PhD graduated on May 12, 2018 after completing both the PhD requirements in Dr. Merajver's lab as well as completing the MD requirements through the U-M Medical School. Congratulations, Steve!
Many Merajver Lab members made their way to Chicago in April 2018 to learn, share, and present our lab's ongoing work. Please see the News Page for pictures and videos!
In collaboration with Dr. Allen Liu's lab at Michigan Engineering, Dr. Joel Yates and the Merajver Lab have published a paper in the Journal of Cell Science highlighting PTEN-related signaling through clathrin-coated pits. The research was aslo featured in a press release by the Michigan Health Lab.
Dr. Merajver received a Sarah Goddard Power Award for outstanding mentorship of scientists. The Academic Women’s Caucus presents the award to faculty members who have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the betterment of women, and who have shown success and achievement in research and scholarship, distinguished leadership and mentoring women. Congratulations, Dr. Merajver!
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