Claire Lugassy is currently pursuing her research on the mechanism of metastasis in the Department of Translational Research, Institut Curie, Paris France.

Dr. Lugassy received her M.D. from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Paris, France.Paris, and a Certificate of General and Experimental Oncology from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Paris and Institute Pasteur.

Dr. Lugassy has held academic appointments at Cochin Hospital, Paris France, Johns Hopkins University, USA, and University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) USA.

For more than 20 years she has investigated the significance of the association between tumor cells and the abluminal surface of vessels.

With Dr. Raymond Barnhill she has developed the concept of angiotropism, pericytic mimicry and extravascular migratory metastasis: an embryogenesis-derived program of tumor spread.

This recent field of cancer research questioned the paradigm that tumor cells metastasize exclusively via circulation within vascular channels, and may greatly influence the development of new effective therapeutics for metastasis.