Cancer researcher Andrew Ewald, Ph.D., has been appointed director of the Department of Cell Biology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He will take over the position from Peter Devreotes, Ph.D., who will remain on the faculty at Johns Hopkins. Ewald joined the medical school faculty in 2008 as an assistant professor in the Department of Cell Biology. His research focuses on how basic cellular processes, such as cell-to-cell connections and migration, contribute to cancer progression. He is known for his discoveries of the mechanisms by which breast cancer cells leave the primary tumor and spread through the body during metastasis.
In laboratory studies, Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center and Johns Hopkins University researchers observed a key step in how cancer cells may spread from a primary tumor to a distant site within the body, a process known as metastasis.