Dr. Vilar is a Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Cancer Prevention and medical oncologist by training with interest in Human Genetics and Colorectal Cancer. These two topics brought him to focus in patients and families with genetic predisposition to develop colorectal cancer. His research group focuses in understanding the biology of Hereditary Colorectal Cancer Syndromes ( mainly Lynch Syndrome and Familial Adenomatous Polyposis) and developing 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 the genome and to understand the biology of premalignant lesions that arises in the colon and rectum. These are colorectal polyps, also known as adenomas or adenomatous polyps. The identification of targets brings directly to the development of targeted chemopreventive interventions, thus testing and validating drug candidates 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.
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