The Outreach Unit of ACE brings together students, researchers, artists and the general public to consider the evolutionary pathways and ecology of cancer. Our aims are: (1) to integrate and synergize our interdisciplinary team to produce real innovation and ultimately impact the field of cancer research; (2) to connect ACE with the wider Cancer Systems Biology Consortium, other scientists and the public to promote collaboration; (3) to educate the next generation of scientists and communicators in cancer research methods and encourage them to work in integrative teams in order to stimulate new ideas.

We have a comprehensive program that includes educational courses, online tutorial videos, seminars, internships, public lectures and visits to schools  And we are particularly proud of our arts/science collaborations which bring cancer research to new audiences. These activities include: working with landscapers to build a cancer garden – which is now open to the public; working with musicians to create orchestral pieces (musical mutations) that cancer patients can generate and play; working with artists to develop a unique, new-media immersive art exhibit called ‘In Search of Chemozoa’ that visualizes the fundamental forces of evolution (mutation, selection and drift) in relation to the ecology of cancer cells.  This extraordinary and beautiful work is now touring museums internationally.  These are just some examples of our creative activities at the intersection of science, art and technology to promote innovative, inclusive ways of imagining scientific concepts. You can read more about them throughout our website.

Impact: Stimulating public interest in cancer theory research and educating students, scientists and the wider public about ACE advances and our drive to understand the nature of cancer and its evolutionary origins. We are fostering research and academic excellence to advance the goals of the National Cancer Institute.



Pauline Davies  (Project Leader)
Athena Aktipis  (Project Leader)
Pam Winfrey
Paul Davies
Valerie Harris


Seema Plaisier

Patient Advocate:

Chevas Samuels

Mindy Miller

Erin McGee Ferrell