Amit Lab

The Amit Laboratory at Houston Methodist Research Institute is a multidisciplinary research lab with both neuroscience and cancer biology disciplines, which together advance current understanding of the nervous system contribution to cancer. Our laboratory has established the development of experimental models in neuroscience research to uncover novel mechanisms used by the nervous system to promote tumor initiation, progression and metastasis. We apply these tools to study complex biological processes that occur in human cancers including transformation, invasion, metastasis and chemoresistance evolution. These processes have previously been difficult to study with technologies using cell lines cultures. 

Areas of Research

Cancer associated neuron

- Head and Neck Cancer

- Neuroscience

- Genomics

Featured Research

Great minds don’t always think alike


Article in NEJM Catalyst with collaboration from Moran Amit, MD, PhD, about the value of multidisciplinary team discussions and their impact on disease outcomes and coordination of care. 

Mechanisms of cancer dissemination along nerves

Article in Nature Reviews Cancer by Moran Amit, MD, PhD, proposing that the perineural niche should be considered part of the tumor microenvironment and describing the molecular cues that facilitate neural tracking. 

Post-translational regulation of radioactive iodine therapy response in papillary thyroid carcinoma
Article in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute about the mechanism of radioactive iodine resistance that occurs in many patients with differentiated thyroid carcinoma.

Award | Editorial

Upregulation of RET induces perineurial invasion of pancreatic adenocarcinoma


Article in Oncogene about perineural invasion, the spread of tumors along nerves, in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma.


Principal Investigator

Moran Amit, MD, PhD
Head and Neck Surgical Oncology 
Acting Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology, 
Institute for Academic Medicine 
Department of Otolaryngology 
Houston Methodist

Contact Information

Amit Lab
Houston Methodist Research Institute
6670 Bertner Ave
Houston, TX 77030
346.238.5069
mamit@houstonmethodist.org