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Prof Chris Bakal studies the biological switches that cause cells to change shape, become cancerous and spread around the body. Prof Bakal is Leader of the Dynamical Cell Systems Team within the Division of Cancer Biology at the The Institute of Cancer Research. Prof Bakal’s team aims to understand how normal and cancerous cells can adopt different shapes and why metastatic cancer develops in some people but not others.
Prof Bakal received his PhD in Medical Biophysics at the University of Toronto and the Ontario Cancer Institute. He joined Harvard Medical School and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute as a postdoctoral fellow in 2004. In 2006, he also became an affiliate of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as an affiliate of the Broad Institute. He devised an automated computer programme used to recognise the shape of cells and infer the corresponding genetic alterations that have occurred in the cell.
Prof Bakal has received several awards including the Dorsett L. Spurgeon Award in 2007 as the top postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School. In 2009, he received an Outstanding Research Award from Nature Biotechnology.
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