The Center for Metastasis Research eXcellence (MET-X) is an interdisciplinary and collaborative program at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center focused on one of the most challenging areas of cancer biology: metastasis, or the spread, colonization and deadly growth of tumor cells in distant sites. Metasasis is the underlying cause of most solid tumor cancer deaths.
MET-X will emphasize detecting and preventing metastasis in patients with solid tumor of all kinds as well as treating and ultimately curing metastasis. Stage IV, or metastatic disease, is currently treatable but not curable. Patients can sometimes live for years — sometimes even decades — with therapy. Others die within a few months. We believe uncovering the fundamental principles of metastasis will form the bedrock of curative therapies that either differentiate metastases, or render them susceptible to immunosurveillance.
To create a culture where world-class scientists across a spectrum of expertise and interests contribute to an understanding of the fundamental principles of metastasis with the ultimate goal of eliminating the lethality associated with cancer metastasis.
Our hallmark is a high-risk culture that embraces intellectually and financially bold, multidisciplinary efforts to address questions that have never been addressed before.
MET-X brings together a small but growing and highly impactful team of metastasis researchers and the broader scientific talent already assembled here at Fred Hutch to develop a cancer program focused purely on:
Our task is to understand this evolution at the molecular, cellular, tissue and organismal scale and identify fundamental laws that allow disseminated tumor cells (DTCs) to:
Ideally, we will discover ways to reverse this process, even (especially) when a metastasis is fully established. Successful execution of this task requires a shift in the way we conduct research. Expertise in any one area alone is insufficient.
Our focus is fundamental discoveries that have potential to effect decades long improvement in patient survival.
To achieve our objectives we work in close collaboration and full integration of basic/cell biologists, immunologists, precision oncologists, technologists, population scientists, pathologists, surgical oncologists, clinical trialists and cancer patient advocates. We are looking for innovative minds who are unafraid to tackle one of the most challenging topics in cancer research.
Recruiting for key positions is critical, join our team.
We are recruiting experts across faculty levels (assistant, associate and full) in the following areas:
Gifts of all sizes will help to create an environment in which each discovery – from across scientific disciplines – brings us closer to understanding and overcoming metastatic cancers.