Aubie Shaw

Assistant Professor

Research Summary

Research in the Shaw lab focuses on the interaction between three cell types in the tumor microenvironment (carcinoma cells, fibroblasts and myeloid cells) in mediating tumor metastasis. Our research has shown that secreted factors from myeloid cells encourage the invasion of fibroblasts (leader fibroblasts); and this directly increases carcinoma cell invasion. Although we have identified some proteins that mediate this activity, our current work is examining the roles of RNAs in exosomes. Our work uses live cell microscopy to image cells in 3-dimensional constructs. Our current work uses CellMate3DTM, a chemically-defined tissue-like microenvironment composed of hyaluronic acid and chitosan (BRTI Life Sciences). BRTI Life Sciences is a local biotech company located in Two Harbors, MN and I work closely with BRTI researchers to develop novel therapeutics and cultivate local industry.

Service Summary

Area Editor
National Board of Medical Examiners, approximately 65 hours spent per year. (November 2019 - Present).
Review questions for the NBME Physiology Exam

Grant Reviewer
Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program, United States, approximately 130 hours spent per year. (December 2018 - Present).

Service to the University of Minnesota
Member, Clinical Competency Committee #3, approximately 48 hours spent per year. (May 23, 2022 - Present).

Member, Medical School Scholastic Standing Committee, approximately 15 hours spent per year. (November 29, 2021 - Present).
Overview Committee created to oversee COSSS (TC) and SSC (DU).

Member, Duluth Scientific Foundations Committee, approximately 30 hours spent per year. (2021 - Present).

Member, Biomedical Sciences Curriculum Committee, approximately 30 hours spent per year. (October 10, 2018 - Present).


PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Major: Cancer Biology
MS, University of Minnesota Duluth
Major: Biology
Minor: Cell Biology & Physiology Focus
BS, University of Minnesota Duluth
Major: Biology

Fellowships, Residencies, and Visiting Engagements

Post-Doctoral Research, University of Minnesota School of Medicine, Duluth Campus, Other
Post-Doctoral Research, Oregon Health & Science University, Other
Post-Doctoral Research, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Other
Visiting Pre-doctoral Fellowship, Fellowship
Mayo Clinic

Honors and Recognition

2nd Prize for Outstanding Poster Presentation, Vanderbilt Postdoctoral Research and Shared Resources Symposium
1st Prize for Outstanding Poster Presentation, Vanderbilt Postdoctoral Research and Shared Resources Symposium
Susan G. Komen Scholar-in-Training Award, American Association for Cancer Research
Outstanding Poster Award, Sigma Xi
Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Minnesota Duluth
T.O. Odlaug Award for Outstanding Service to the Biology Department, University of Minnesota Duluth
Virginia Rotary Club College Scholarship
First Bank of Virginia College Scholarship
Marshall H. and Nellie Alworth Memorial Scholarship



Department of Biomedical Sciences
207 SMED
1035 University Drive
Duluth, MN 55812