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"Living physiology should be explicable in terms of physics, [...] forces, motions, actions, motors, engines, levers, pulleys, clasps.  The laws that drove Newton's apples to the ground should also [drive the migration of cancer cells]." - Siddhartha Mukherjee


The UMN Physical Sciences in Oncology Center (PSOC) is a new research center led by the UMN Department of Biomedical Engineering.  It is catalyzing and nucleating engineering-based oncology research in order to:

  • Better understand the physical mechanisms of cancer, and
  • Speed the development of new diagnostics and therapeutic strategies that improve patient outcomes.

The PSOC is funded by a five-year grant from the National Cancer Institute and is part of the 10 center Physical Sciences in Oncology Network.



By B. L. Bangasser et al. /  CC BY