Meenhard Herlyn, D.V.M., D.Sc.
Caspar Winstar Professor in Melanoma Research
Director, The Wistar Institute Melanoma Research Center
Professor, Molecular and Cellular Oncogenesis Program
Dr. Meenhard Herlyn’s laboratory at The Wistar Institute focuses on the biology that underlies melanoma, the most aggressive form of skin cancer. His efforts have pioneered the use of the three-dimensional “artificial skin” cultures to study the behavior of both tumor and normal cells that sustain tumor growth, a system known as the tumor microenvironment. The Herlyn Laboratory has transformed the scientific understanding of stem cells as they relate to cancer, and their work on the networks of signaling pathways in melanoma has formed the basis of numerous therapies now in clinical trials or very recently approved.