As a T-1 trainee, Laurie Gay investigates the role of platelets in tumor progression and metastasis. Since the majority of cancer-related deaths are due to metastasis, such research may prove very relevant to oncology therapeutics.
At TSRI, she established mouse models of metastasis, and her work is now focused on the enhancement of tumor metastasis by the platelet receptor glycoprotein 1bα. She is determining whether the thrombin-binding capacity of platelet surface receptor GP1bα is critical for tumor growth and metastasis.
Laurie is a regular participant in oncology rounds at Scripps Health and attends tumor board meetings on patient cases.
Prior to coming to TSRI, Laurie was a lab manager and research assistant at UC San Diego. She received a B.S. degree in biological sciences at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA, where she was a research assistant in the marine biology laboratory. She was also a research intern at Onyx Pharmaceuticals in Richmond, CA, and an ESL instructor at Epitech University in Paris, France.