Our Vision

"Our laboratory is based on an interdisciplinary, participatory teamscience approach aimed at scientific discovery for the benefit of cancer patients, our community and mankind".                     

                                            -Dr. Jaime L. Matta


During the last decade we have been primarily focused on the field of translational cancer research, studying the role of DNA repair as a risk factor for breast and skin cancer.

a)  Define the role of DNA repair capacity (DRC) in breast and skin cancer susceptibility and response to chemotherapeutic agents.

b)  Identify DNA repair genes that are associated with breast and skin cancer.  

c)  Study how epigenetic and nutritional (e.g. antioxidants) factors regulate DNA repair capacity in humans.

d)  Develop active research collaborations with other laboratories with complementary expertise in cancer research.