Nikki Lytle, PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Surgery

Medical College of Wisconsin

MCW Cancer Center

LaBahn Pancreatic Cancer Program

Nikki Lytle, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Her work focuses on microenvironmental factors that contribute to pancreatic cancer metastasis with the goal of identifying novel therapeutic targets for preventing metastatic progression.


“Interception of pancreatic cancer metastasis by targeting tissue wound repair”.

Dr. Lytle’s research seeks to understand environmental signals that influence metastatic progression in pancreatic cancer. The goal is to develop therapeutic approaches for preventing tumor cell survival and outgrowth in distant organs. The proposed research is designed to address how tissue damage, which leads to chronic inflammation and initiation of wound-healing regenerative programs, impacts pancreatic cancer metastasis.

This work is a continuation of her research in Dr. Geoffrey Wahl’s laboratory at the Salk Institute.

Geoffrey Wahl laboratory
The Salk Institute for Biological Studies
San Diego, California 

Read the December 2020 Research Update here.