Carlos Sonnenschein, MD

Carlos Sonnenschein, MD

Professor of Integrative Physiology & Pathobiology



BS, Biology, Colegio Nacional Nicolas Avellaneda
MD, National University of Buenos Aires, School of Medicine
Postdoctoral Training, Children's Cancer Research Foundation



Campus: Boston
Office: Jaharis 316
Laboratory: Jaharis 327

Contact Information

Office Phone: 617-636-2451
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


Research Synopsis

Our laboratory works on the control of the initiation of the proliferation of estrogen-target cells. This basic biological question is explored under the fundamental premise that proliferation is the default state of all living cells. We have identified several plasma-borne and endogenously generated inhibitors of cell proliferation. In collaboration with Dr. Ana M. Soto, we have proposed the tissue organization field theory of carcinogenesis, which proposes that carcinogenesis is a tissue-based phenomenon. This notion challenges the one embodied in the somatic mutation theory of carcinogenesis, which posits that an accumulation of mutations in a single cell is responsible for the causation of a neoplasia.


Apply to the Sackler School


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

June 15: Online Certificate in Fundamentals of Clinical Care Research