University of Nebraska Medical Center

Gastrointestinal Cancer Program

Our Gastrointestinal Cancer Program is focused on:

  1. Understanding the pathogenesis and pathophysiology of gastrointestinal cancers.
  2. Identifying and validating new diagnostic and prognostic tools for gastrointestinal cancer management.
  3. Developing new therapeutic options for patients with gastrointestinal malignancies.


Professor, UNMC Eppley Institute for Research in Cancer and Allied Diseases
Research focus: Protein kinase C and PP2A signaling in colon, pancreas and endometrial cancer; targeting translational control in tumors


Jennifer Black

Vice Chair of Research, UNMC Department of Radiation Oncology

Dr. Chi LIn

Themes and Goals

The Gastrointestinal Cancer Program is organized into three themes and goals:

  1. Mechanisms of Gastrointestinal Tumorigenesis
    • Understand basis mechanisms of gastrointestinal tumorigenesis and identify abnormalities that may serve as novel biomarkers or therapeutic targets.
  2. Biomarkers
    • Develop and validate biomarkers for gastrointestinal cancer detection, prognosis and risk stratification.
  3. Novel Treatment Approaches
    • Explore novel treatment approaches for gastrointestinal cancers in preclinical models and clinical trials.