Arizona Cancer Evolution Center (ACE)


Welcome student interns

The first two of our undergraduate interns started working with our project this fall and we are delighted to welcome them! They are based at UCSB, working primarily with Amy Boddy and mentored by Valerie Harris. We’ll be letting you know how they and the other students interns are getting on as the semester progresses.

Before cancer kills, it cheats – Ace Scientist

In a public lecture entitled Why Cancer Is Everywhere, at Harvard Museum of Natural History last week, Athena Aktipis described her ACE research into the behavior of ‘cheating’ cells. These are cells that refuse to obey signals to conform to the agenda of the whole organism but instead forge their own agenda following evolutionary imperatives to proliferate and colonize new environments – the end result being cancer. Read a review of Athena’s talk by Harvard Correspondent, Brett Milano, here.

Frontiers in Cancer Research

Edited by Carlo C. Maley and Mel Greaves, published in 2016. This is the ideal book for anyone contemplating starting a career in, or shifting their career to, studying the dynamics that drive cancer progression and its response to therapy.


Tracing the deep Evolutionary Roots of Cancer workshop

Tracing the deep Evolutionary Roots of Cancer workshop

Mon.-Wed. April 23-25 Scottsdale Cancer represents a breakdown in the regulatory mechanisms that mediate the relationship between individual cells and the organism as a whole, a relationship that dates back to the dawn of multicellularity over a billion years ago....