Alexandre Bruni-Cardoso is a biologist with a Ph.D. in cell and structural biology from the University of São Paulo (USP). During his doctoral studies he worked in the laboratory of the Cancer Center at Vanderbilt University, USA. Alexandre’s work uncovers one of the most interesting and mysterious processes of cell division: quiescence. This is the ability of cells to cease proliferation and stop dividing even in the presence of nutrients.
When quiescence fails, cell proliferation is uncontrolled. This process is often called cancer. Many scientists believe that regulating quiescence is an important key to fighting cancer.