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David  Basanta

David Basanta

David Basanta
Associate Professor

Contact

Office: SRB 4, Room 24000F
Phone: 813/745-6928
Email: david.basanta@moffitt.org

Education

MSc in Computer Science (Universidad de Oviedo, Spain)
PhD in Evolutionary Computing (King’s College, London, UK)
Postdoc at Technische Universitaet Dresden, Dresden, Germany
Postdoc at the Mathematics Department, University of Dundee, Dundee, UK

Research

Cancer is increasingly understood as an evolutionary process where genetic mutations lead to a heterogeneous tumour where natural selection explains the emergence of more aggressive phenotypes. This selection process can be explained by the cell’s phenotype as it interacts with other tumour cells, normal cells and the physical microenvironment. My group is part of the Integrated Mathematical Oncology department at Moffitt. As such we develop mathematical models that, in combination with experimental data and expertise, aims to understand the evolutionary dynamics of cancer and explain treatment resistance. We work closely with experimental and clinical researchers and use mathematical tools such as evolutionary game theory and agent-based modeling to explore new hypothesis and yield predictions.