Cancer Biology Faculty

BRTP Faculty - Cancer Biology

Hamid Band, Professor, Cancer Research Graduate Program; M.D., Medical College Srinagar, Kashmir, India, 1977; Ph.D., All-India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India, 1986. Regulation of cell division, trafficking and interaction.

Vimla Band, Professor and Chairperson, Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy; Ph.D., All India Institute of Medical Sciences, India, 1985. Delineate molecular mechanisms of early steps in transformation of mammary epithelial cells with the goal of identifying novel molecular diagnostic/prognostic markers and potential therapy targets of breast cancers.

Surinder K. Batra, Professor and Chairperson, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., Kurukshetra Univ., 1983. Structure/function analysis of tumor-associated genes.

Tadayoshi Bessho, Professor, Cancer Research Graduate Program; Ph.D., Okayama Univ., Japan 1991. Molecular mechanism of DNA interstrand crosslink repair in mammalian cells.

Kishor K. Bhakat, Associate Professor, Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy; Ph.D., University of Calcutta, 1999. Mitotic gene bookmarking: A novel dimension of epigenetic memory in post-mitotic transcriptional reactivation.

Gloria Borgstahl, Professor, Cancer Research Graduate Program: Ph.D., Univ IA, 1992. Focused on structure determination (PDF) by protein crystallography and crystal growth and perfection (PDF).

Michael D. Boska, Professor, Radiology; Ph.D., Univ. California, Berkeley, 1985. In-vivo magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy.

Michael Brattain, Professor, Cancer Research Graduate Program; Ph.D., Rutgers University. Identification and development of therapeutic applications for new molecular targets in cancer.

Julia A. Bridge, Professor, Pathology and Microbiology; M.D., UNMC, 1984.Cytopathology, solid tumor cytogenetics and molecular diagnostics.

Ercole Cavalieri, Professor, Cancer Research Graduate Program; D.Sc., Univ. Milan, 1962. Molecular mechanisms of carcinogenesis of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and estrogens. Etiology of human cancer.

William G. Chaney, Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., Michigan State Univ., 1979. Biological function of complex carbohydrates.

Pi-Wan Cheng, Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., Case Western Reserve Univ., 1975. Glycobiology; gene therapy and cancer biology.

Judith K. Christman, Stokes-Shackleford Professor and Chairperson, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., Columbia University, 1967. Gene regulation; DNA methylation; cancer biology.

Dahn L. Clemens, Associate Professor, Internal Medicine GI; Ph.D., CO St Univ., 1989. The effects of ethanol metabolism on liver and pancreas cellular functions and replications.

Samuel M. Cohen, Professor, Pathology and Microbiology; Ph.D., Univ of WI, 1972, M.D., Univ. of WI, 1972. Urologic pathology, chemical carcinogenesis.

Kenneth Cowan, Director and Professor, Cancer Research Graduate Program; M.D./Ph.D., Case Western Reserve Univ., 1975. Tumor suppressor genes, breast cancer.

G. Stanley Cox, Associate Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., Univ. Iowa, 1973. Biochemical oncology, with an emphasis on mechanisms of gene expression.

John S. Davis, Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology and Pharmacology & Experimental Neuroscience; Ph.D., Univ. North Dakota School of Medicine, 1979. Reproductive endocrinology and oncology.

Jixin Dong, Assistant Professor, Cancer Research Graduate Program; Ph.D., Zhejiang Univ., China, 1999. Hippo Signaling and Cancer.

Chittibabu (Babu) Guda, Associate Professor, Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy, Director Center for Bioinformatics and Systems Biology, Ph.D, Auburn University, 1997. Development and application of computational methods for functional annotation of proteins, pathways, networks and systems in biomedical research.

Steven H. Hinrichs, Professor, Pathology and Microbiology, Senior Associate Dean for Research; M.D., Univ of North Dakota, 1980. Molecular pathogenesis and diagnostics of infectious organism, antimicrobial drug discovery and bioterrorism preparedness information technology.

Michael A. Hollingsworth, Professor, Cancer Research Graduate Program; Ph.D., Wake Forest Univ., 1982. The molecular biology and genetics of MUC1 glycoproteins in pancreatic cancer.

R. Katherine Hyde, Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2005. Control of gene expression in leukemia and normal hematopoiesis.

Peter Iwen, Professor, Pathology and Microbiology; Ph.D., University of Nebraska Medical Center, 2001. Evaluation of multiple platforms utilizing the internal transcribed spacer regions of the rDNA complex as a molecular target for the diagnosis of invasive mycoses.

Maneesh Jain, Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., Institute of Microbial Technology (Jawaharlal Nehru Univeristy), India, 2002; Targeted therapy of solid tumors by antibody engineering and TME modulation.

Keith R. Johnson, Professor, Cancer Research Graduate Program; Ph.D., Univ. of Minnesota, 1983. The role the cell adhesion molecules (cadherins) play in metastasis.

Shantaram S. Joshi, Professor, Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy; Ph.D., Bombay Univ., 1979. Biology and Therapy of human B-Cell malignancies. Functional Genomics of human Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) and Cellular/Immuno therapy of human Mantle Cell Lymphoma (CLL).

Adam R. Karpf, Associate Professor, Cancer Research Graduate Program; Ph.D., University of Texas, 1997.  DNA methylation, cancer epigenetics, tumor antigens, ovarian cancer.

David L. Klinkebiel, Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Microbiology; Ph.D., UNL, 1990. Influence of DNA methylation on gene expression and the neurodegenerative and mental disorders.

Robert Lewis, Professor, Cancer Research Graduate Program; Ph.D., Univ. Florida 1983. Molecular mechanisms regulating signal transduction by the insulin and IGF-1 receptors; regulation of intracellular mediators controlling cell proliferation, differentiation, and apoptosis.

David W. Li, Associate Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., Univ. of Washington, 1992. Molecular and cellular mechanisms of ocular disease (cataract and retina degeneration) and cancer.

Ming-Fong Lin, Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., SUNY Buffalo 1983. Mechanism of cell growth regulation by tyrosine phosphorylation signal transduction; multi-step carcinogenesis of prostate epithelium.

Runqing Lu, Associate Professor, Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy, Ph.D., Univ. Maryland, School of Pharmacy, 1999. Transcriptional control of lymphocyte development and malignancy.

Xu Luo, Associate Professor, Cancer Research Graduate Program, Ph.D., Univ. Texas, 1995. Regulation of mitochondria and dependent Apoptosis.

Richard G. MacDonald, Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., Univ. Vermont, 1981. Transmembrane signaling and regulation of cell growth.

Parmender P. Mehta, Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., Kobe University, 1983. Connexins and cell-to-cell contact-dependent intercellular communication.

Justin Mott, Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Ph.D. Saint Louis University, 2003, M.D. Saint Louis University, 2004. MicroRNA regulation of apoptosis in liver cancer.

Sidney Mirvish, Professor, Cancer Research Graduate Program; Ph.D., Univ. Cambridge, 1955. Nitrosamine metabolism to active carcinogens and their role in causation of human cancer.

Mayumi Naramura, Assistant Professor, Cancer Research Graduate Program; M.D., Kyoto Univ,. 1988. Understanding triple-negative breast cancer initiation and its application to prevention and therapy.

Amarnath Natarajan, Associate Professor, Cancer Research Graduate Program; Ph.D., Univ of Vermont, 2001. Chemical probes for protein-protein interactions.

Rene Opavsky, Assistant Professor, Cancer Research Graduate Program; Ph.D., Institute of Virology, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovak Republic, 1997. Rb-E2F and DNA methylation in hematopoiesis and cancer.

Michel M. Ouellette, Associate Professor, Cancer Research Graduate Program; Ph.D., Univ. Montreal, 1991. Molecular mechanisms that determine the lifespan of human cells.

Angie A. Rizzino, Professor, Cancer Research Graduate Program; Ph.D., SUNY-Stony Brook, 1974. Molecular mechanisms by which differentiation regulates the transcription of genes that code for growth factors and their receptors.

Eleanor G. Rogan, Professor, Cancer Research Graduate Program; Ph.D., Johns Hopkins, 1968. Metabolic activation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and catechol estrogens to form DNA adducts, generate oncogenic mutations and initiate cancer.

John G. Sharp, Professor, Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy; Ph.D., Univ. Birmingham, 1971. Control of cell proliferation, tumor cell biology.

Polina Shcherbakova, Associate Professor, Cancer Research Graduate Program; Ph.D., St Petersburg State Univ. Russia, 1992. Mechanisms controlling genome stability in eukaryotic cells, particularly in the functions of DNA polymerases in DNA replication, repair and chromosome segregation control.

Pankaj K Singh, Associate Professor, Cancer Research Graduate Program; Ph.D., UNMC, 2007. Signal transduction in cancer, cancer metabolism and systems Biology.

Rakesh K. Singh, Professor, Pathology and Microbiology; Ph.D., Banaras Hindu Univ., 1991. Host-tumor interaction in tumor progression, angiogenesis and metastasis, tumor immunology.

Tahir H. Tahirov, Professor, Cancer Research Graduate Program; Ph.D., Rostov State Univ., 1989. Structural biology of transcription and replication.

James E. Talmadge, Professor, Pathology and Microbiology; Ph.D., Washington State Univ., 1979. Tumor biology, metastasis, immunotherapy molecular and cellular immunology, hematology and oncology.

Melissa Teoh-Fitzgerald, Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., University of Alberta, 2005. Redox signaling in cancer epithelial-fibroblast interactions.

Kelly Trujillo, Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., University of Texas Health Sciences at San Antonio, 2002. Epigenetic regulation of chromatin dynamics during DNA replication.

Kay-Uwe Wagner, Professor, Cancer Research Graduate Program; Ph.D., Univ. Halle, 1995. Transgenic analysis of mammary development and breast cancer; prolactin signaling.

Guangshun Wang, Assistant Professor, Pathology and Microbiology; Ph.D., Simon Fraser Univ., 1997. Biomolecular NMR; structural biology; signal transduction; antimicrobial peptides.

Jing (Jenny) Wang, Associate Professor, Cancer Research Graduate Program; Ph.D., Medical College of Ohio, 1996. Molecular mechanisms and therapeutic targets of metastasis.

San Ming Wang, Associate Professor, Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy; M.D., Univ. of Lausanne, Switzerland, 1994. Developing and applying next-generation sequencing-based approaches to study cancer genetics.

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