Research Streams

extracellular big

The ACRI team is working to identify the specific proteins and RNAs that are released from cancer cells in small packages known as exosomes and/or microvesicles (collectively known as extracellular vesicles). By using a novel, proprietary technology developed at ACRI (the Vn96 peptide), ACRI scientists are able to rapidly and efficiently capture extracellular vesicles from both cell culture and body fluids for downstream analyses of their contents. These cancer-specific proteins and RNAs hold the potential to be used as new biomarkers for cancer detection by minimally-invasive approaches (i.e. blood or urine samples), a process termed “liquid biopsy”. ACRI is focused on advancing its Vn96 extracellular vesicle capture technology to enable new cancer diagnostic, prognostic, and treatment-response tests based on the principle of liquid biopsy.

  • Anirban Ghosh, Ph.D. – Research Scientist
  • Jeremy Roy, Ph.D. – Research Associate
  • Rostyslav Horbay, Ph.D. – Research Associate
  • Awanit Kumar, Ph.D. – Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Craig Ayre, Ph.D. – Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Sami Benzina, Ph.D. – Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Catherine Taylor, MSc. – Research Technician
  • Biji Anish, MSc. – Research Technician
  • Sheena Fry, MSc. – Research Technician
  • Sebastien Fournier, BSc. – Research Assistant
  • Naoufal El Bekkouri, MSc. Candidate
  • Nguyet (Na) Nguyen, MSc – Research Technician


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