Dr. Vilar is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Cancer Prevention and a medical oncologist by training with interest in Human Genetics and Colorectal Cancer. These two broad topics brought him to focus in patients and families with genetic predisposition to develop colorectal cancer. His research group focuses mainly in understanding the biology of two Hereditary Colorectal Cancer Syndromes (mainly Lynch Syndrome and Familial Adenomatous Polyposis) and to develop targeted preventive interventions that will impact in the survival and modulate the risks of these patients and families.
A requisite to accomplish these goals is to characterize and understand the biology of the premalignant lesions that arises in the colon and rectum. These are the colorectal polyps, also known as adenomas or adenomatous polyps. The identification of targets brings us to the next step which is the development of targeted chemopreventive interventions, testing and validating them in vitro and in animal models.
The Vilar laboratory is constantly seeking highly-motivated trainees to work with us at the pre-doctoral and post-doctoral level. Please contact us if interested.