02-17-2017: Mike Boxem was awarded an NWO Vici Grant for his proposal “Deciphering the systems that control epithelial cell polarity“.
The ability to polarize and establish functionally distinct domains is an essential property of mammalian cells. The main polarized cell type of the body is the epithelial cell. Loss of epithelial polarity contributes to several diseases, including cancer. The research proposed here aims to elucidate how epithelial cells polarize.