Rafat Tumor and Tissue Microenvironment Laboratory


Research Articles

Alves SM, Zhu T, Shostak A, Rossen NS, Rafat M. Studying Normal Tissue Radiation Effects using Extracellular Matrix Hydrogels. Journal of Visual Experiments. 2019; In Press.

Simmons DA, Lartey FM, Schüler E, Rafat M, King G, Kim A, Ko R, Semaan S, Gonzalez S, Jenkins MJ, Pradhan P, Shih Z, Wang J, von Eyben R, Graves EE, Maxim PG, Longo FM, Loo BW Jr. Reduced Cognitive Deficits after FLASH Irradiation of Whole Mouse Brain Are Associated with Less Hippocampal Dendritic Spine Loss and Neuroinflammation. Radiotherapy and Oncology. 2019; In Press.

Hacker BC, Gomez JD, Silvera Batista CA, Rafat M. Growth and Characterization of Irradiated Organoids from Mammary Glands. Journal of Visual Experiments. 2019; 147: e59293.

Wisdom KM, Adebowale K, Chang J, Lee JY, Nam S, Desai R, Rossen NS, Rafat M, Hodgson L, Chaudhuri O.  Matrix Mechanical Plasticity Regulates Cancer Cell Migration through Confining Microenvironments. Nature Communications. 2018; 9(1): 4144.

Rafat M, Aguilera TA, Vilalta M, Bronsart LL, Soto LA, von Eyben R, Golla MA, Ahrari Y, Melemenidis S, Afghahi A, Jenkins MJ, Kurian AW, Horst KC, Giaccia AJ, Graves EE. Macrophages Promote Circulating Tumor Cell-Mediated Local Recurrence Following Radiation Therapy in Immunosuppressed Patients. Cancer Research. 2018; 78(15): 4241-4252.

Vilalta M, Brune JE, Rafat M, Soto LA, Graves EE. The Role of Granulocyte Macrophage Colony Stimulating Factor (GM-CSF) in Radiation-Induced Tumor Cell Migration. Clinical and Experimental Metastasis. 2018; 35(4): 247-254.

Rafat M*, Dabagh M*, Heller M, Rabinov J, Stone HA, Randles A, Auguste DT. Impact of Diversity of Morphological Characteristics and Reynolds number on Local Hemodynamics in Basilar Aneurysms. AIChE Journal. 2018; 64(7): 2792-2802. *Equal contribution.

Lartey FM*, Rafat M*, Negahdar M, Malkovskiy AV, Dong X, Sun X, Li M, Doyle T, Rajadas J, Graves EE, Loo BW Jr, Maxim PG. Dynamic CT Imaging of Volumetric Changes in Pulmonary Nodules Correlates with Physical Measurements of Stiffness. Radiotherapy and Oncology. 2017; 122(2): 313-318. *Equal contribution.

Schüler E, Trovati S, King G, Lartey FM, Rafat M, Villegas M, Praxel AJ, Loo BW Jr, Maxim PG. Experimental Platform for Ultra-high Dose Rate FLASH Irradiation of Small Animals using a Clinical Linear Accelerator. International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics. 2017; 97(1): 195-203.

Aguilera TA, Rafat M, Castellini L, Shehade H, Kariolis MS, Hui A, Stehr H, von Eyben R, Jiang D, Ellies LG, Koong AC, Diehn M, Rankin EB, Graves EE, Giaccia AJ.  Reprogramming the Immunological Microenvironment Through Radiation and Targeting Axl.  Nature Communications. 2016; 7: 13898.

You JO*, Rafat M*, Almeda D, Maldonado N, Guo P, Nabzdyk CS, Chun M, LoGerfo FW, Hutchinson JW, Pradhan-Nabzdyk LK, Auguste DT. pH-Responsive Scaffolds Generate a Pro-Healing Response. Biomaterials. 2015; 57: 22-32. *Equal contribution. Highlighted in Materials Today. May 21, 2015.

Vilalta M, Rafat M, Giaccia AJ, Graves EE.  Recruitment of Circulating Breast Cancer Cells Is Stimulated by Radiotherapy.  Cell Reports. 2014; 8(2): 402-409.

Lartey FM, Ahn GO, Ali R, Rosenblum S, Shen B, Miao Z, Arksey N, Vilalta M, Rafat M, Liu H, Chen JW, Palmer T, Chin FT, Guzman R, Loo BW Jr, Graves EE. The Relationship Between Serial [(18) F]PBR06 PET Imaging of Microglial Activation and Motor Function Following Stroke in Mice. Molecular Imaging & Biology. 2014; 16(6): 821-829.

Rafat M, Rotenstein L, Hu J, Auguste DT. Engineered Endothelial Cell Adhesion via VCAM1 and E-selectin Antibody-Presenting Alginate Hydrogels. Acta Biomaterialia. 2012; 8(7): 2697-2703.

Rafat M, Rotenstein L, You JO, Auguste DT. Dual Functionalized PVA Hydrogels that Adhere Endothelial Cells Synergistically. Biomaterials. 2012; 33(15): 3880-3886.

You JO, Rafat M, Auguste DT. Cross-Linked, Heterogeneous Colloidosomes Exhibit pH-Induced Morphogenesis. Langmuir. 2011; 27(18): 11282-11286.

You JO, Rafat M, Ye GJC, Auguste DT. Nanoengineering the Heart: Conductive Scaffolds Enhance Connexin 43 Expression. Nano Letters. 2011; 11(9): 3643-3648. Highlighted in Nature Nanotechnology. 2011; 6(11): 692-693.

Rafat M, Raad DR, Rowat AC, Auguste DT. Fabrication of Reversibly Adhesive Fluidic Devices using Magnetism. Lab on a Chip. 2009; 9(20): 3016-3019.

Rafat M, Fong KW, Goldsipe A, Stephenson BC, Coradetti ST, Sambandan TG, Sinskey AJ, Rha CK. Association (Micellization) and Partitioning Aglycon Triterpenoids. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science. 2008; 325(2): 324-330.

Review Articles

Vilalta M, Rafat M, Graves EE. Effects of Radiation on Metastasis and Tumor Cell Migration. Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences. 2016; 73 (16): 2999-3007.

Rafat M, Ali R, Graves EE. Imaging Radiation Response in Tumor and Normal Tissue. American Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging. 2015; 5(4): 317-332.

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