Edward Stites uses mathematical and computational models to study the behaviors of genetic signaling networks implicated in cancer. Signaling proteins operate within large, complex networks and even when the roles of individual proteins are well understood, the behavior of the network of proteins can be difficult to predict. Stites’ methods reveal how these networks promote cancer and respond to treatment. Mathematical models help illuminate the unknowns. They help formulate new hypotheses for experimental testing. The incorporation of data-driven models into cancer research should enable quicker and more efficient progress.