Assistant Professor of Biology Christina Cota has been awarded a $700,000 National Science Foundation grant to carry out a collaborative research project with Princeton University and Swarthmore College.

The research will look at the interplay between cell division and the signals that cells exchange to coordinate their behavior. “This is a critical area of investigation because signal-dependent coordination of cell behavior is essential for the growth of all life forms,” stated the research’s abstract. “Additionally, errors in signaling are the primary cause of cancer. Because cancer also entails unregulated cell division, it is particularly important to understand how division may exacerbate signaling errors.”