Ana Soto, MD

Ana Soto, MD

Professor of Immunology



BS, Biology, Colegio Elizalde
MD, University of Buenos Aires


Campus: Boston
Office: Jaharis 317
Laboratory: Jaharis 327

Contact Information

Office Phone: 617-636-6954
Lab Phone: 617-636-2411
E-mail   Send an e-mail



Research Web Site  Lab Research Page
Recent Publications  Abstract in PubMed

Graduate Programs

Cell, Molecular & Developmental Biology, Genetics


Research Synopsis

This laboratory is studying the role of sex steroids in the control of cell proliferation, mammary gland morphogenesis, and carcinogenesis & neoplasia. Over the years, research in this lab has sprouted in many different directions that include endocrine disruption & fetal origins of adult disease along with the topics mentioned earlier. Following the idea attributed to Boltzmann that “nothing is more practical than a good theory", the experimental approaches in the lab are guided by our theoretical framework. This theoretical framework is provided by the tissue organization field theory of carcinogenesis (TOFT) that posits that carcinogenesis is a tissue-based phenomenon akin to development gone awry, rather than a cell-based phenomenon caused by DNA mutations on genes that control cell proliferation (Sonnenschein C, Soto AM. 1999. The Society of Cells: Cancer and Control of Cell Proliferation. New York, Springer Verlag). Additionally, we recently have proposed principles for a theory of organisms, which allowed us to develop useful mathematical models of morphogenesis.


Lab Members

Nafis Hasan, PhD Student in Cell, Molecular & Developmental Biology Send an e-mail Lab Research Page
DoHoon Kim, Research Assistant Professor  Send an e-mail
Cheryl Schaeberle, Laboratory Manager Send an e-mail
Michael Sweeney, PhD Student in Genetics Send an e-mail  Lab Research Page
Elizabeth Tan, Research Technician Send an e-mail 

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The priority application deadlines are as follows:

December 1: Basic Science Division PhD Programs

February 15: Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences

March 31: Post-Baccalaureate Research Program

May 1: Clinical & Translational Science, MS in Pharmacology & Drug Development