Castro Lab

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Phone: 617-726-1941

Our lab conducts translational oncology research through early stage clinical studies inspired by nanotechnologies, systems biology, and biomarker driven therapies. We focus on solid tumors with an emphasis on highly lethal subtypes such as ovarian cancers. We subscribe to both “high-tech” and “low-tech” theranostic approaches that leverage innovative advances within CSB. To date, these efforts have generated traction both domestically and abroad. We are currently establishing a comprehensive multi-departmental program to prospectively profile gynecologic cancers including multi-omics (sequencing, proteomics, liquid biopsies), pathology (digital and multiplexed profiling), imaging and clinical phenotypes. We seek to ultimately advance cancer theranostics by better understanding the spatiotemporal evolution of cancers and uncovering novel treatment response readouts using integrated machine learning and statistical inferences. Our work has been externally funded by the National Cancer Institute, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, V Foundation for Cancer Research, Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, and the Department of Defense.

Recent Publications

  • Park J, Park JS, Huang CH, Jo A, Cook K, Wang R, Lin HY, Van Deun J, Li H, Min J, Wang L, Yoon G, Carter BS, Balaj L, Choi GS, Castro CM, Weissleder R, Lee H An integrated magneto-electrochemical device for the rapid profiling of tumour extracellular vesicles from blood plasma. Nat Biomed Eng. 2021;5(7):678-689 - PMID: 34183802 - PMCID: PMC8437135 - DOI: 10.1038/s41551-021-00752-7

  • Yang Z*, Francisco J*, Reese AS, Spriggs DR, Im H, Castro CM Addressing cervical cancer screening disparities through advances in artificial intelligence and nanotechnologies for cellular profiling. Biophysics Review. 2021;2:011303 - PMID: 33842926 - PMCID: PMC8015256 - DOI: 10.1063/5.0043089

  • Chin LK*, Son T*, Hong JS, Liu AQ, Skog J, Castro CM, Weissleder R, Lee H*, Im H* Plasmonic Sensors for Extracellular Vesicle Analysis: From Scientific Development to Translational Research. ACS Nano. 2020;14(11):14528-14548 - PMID: 33119256 - PMCID: PMC8423498 - DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.0c07581

  • Yang KS, Lin HY, Curley C, Welch MW, Wolpin BM, Lee H, Weissleder R, Im H*, Castro CM* Bead-Based Extracellular Vesicle Analysis Using Flow Cytometry. Adv Biosyst. 2020;4(12):e2000203 - PMID: 33103361 - PMCID: PMC7718389 - DOI: 10.1002/adbi.202000203

  • Min J*, Chin LK*, Oh J, Landeros C, Vinegoni C, Lee J, Lee SJ, Park JY, Liu AQ, Castro CM, Lee H, Im H, Weissleder R CytoPAN—Portable cellular analyses for rapid point-of-care cancer diagnosis. Sci Transl Med. 2020;12:eaaz9746 - PMID: 32759277 - PMCID: PMC8217912 - DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.aaz9746

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