Barbara Nelson

Graduate Student


Barbara joined the Cancer Biology Graduate Program in 2015. She earned her B.S. degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with a minor in Microbiology from UMass Amherst. She worked at UMass Medical school as a technician in immunology and as a lab manager in neurobiology. Barbara joined Costas Lyssiotis’ lab where she is studying pancreatic cancer metabolism.

Research Interests

  • Rewiring of metabolism in pancreatic and colon cancer
  • Metabolic changes during acinar to ductal metaplasia
  • Crosstalk between pancreatic cancer cells and tumor stroma