The DFCI PS-OC is a multi-institutional collaboration involving 9 institutions and a multitude of investigators with expertise as diverse as evolutionary biology, surgery, computer science and animal modeling of tumors. The goal of the PS-OC is to advance our understanding of the physical principles that govern cancer initiation, progression and response to treatment and the emergence of resistance. The aim is to incorporate theories of evolution with experimental approaches to better define, understand and control cancer at all levels.
The mission of the DFCI PS-OC Education and Outreach unit is to educate students, scientists, patients and the general public on the relationships between the physical sciences and cancer biology. Investigators of the DFCI PS-OC have led numerous educational lectures to aid in the understanding of new ways to think about cancer research.