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Rebecca Heise, Ph.D.

Massey Cancer Center research program membership

Cancer Molecular Genetics

Department affiliations

Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering


PhD, University of Pittsburgh (2008)

Research description

Mechanobiology is the application or analysis of the role of mechanical forces in prompting a cellular response, leading to a quantifiable change in form and/or function. The pulmonary mechanobiology lab seeks to understand how cells sense and respond to mechanical forces in the healthy and diseased lung, and to use this information to find more effective treatments for pulmonary disease, therapeutic targets for lung cancer, and approaches for lung regeneration. Specific projects examine angiogenesis, cellular senescence, and inhaled cancer drug delivery.

Disease focus of research


Research keywords

Angiogenesis,Cancer cell biology,Senescence

Published research (during tenure as a Massey Cancer Center member)

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Contact information


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