Dr. Jessica Kandel’s lab focuses on the role of abnormal blood vessel growth in childhood tumors. Dr. Kandel’s team recently found that a toxin made by a common bacteria produces changes in the blood vessels that affect metastasis. The team used this expertise to treat a one-month old baby with a rare tumor of the arm, which grew so quickly that it actually burst. Dr. Kandel and her colleagues, using the specialized knowledge translated from the laboratory research effort, were able to quickly mobilize, control the tumor, and save the baby’s arm. He is now a happy and normal toddler!