Research Related to Gastrointestinal Cancer
Michael A. (Tony) Hollingsworth

Michael A. (Tony) Hollingsworth, PhD

Eppley Institute
Research Focus: Pancreatic cancer biochemistry, diagnostics, and treatments (including immunotherapies)
Jennifer Black

Jennifer Black, PhD

Eppley Institute
Research Focus: Protein kinase C signaling in intestinal cells; endometrial and colon cancer
Rob Lewis

Rob Lewis, PhD

Eppley Institute
Research Focus: cell growth and metabolism
Joyce Solheim, PhD

Joyce Solheim, PhD

Eppley Institute
Research Focus: Immunology; cancer biology; immunotherapy development
Prakash Radhakrishnan

Prakash Radhakrishnan, PhD

Eppley Institute
Research Focus: glycobiology of pancreatic cancer, autocrine and paracrine cell signaling mechanisms, developing new therapeutics for pancreatic cancer
Amar Singh

Amar Singh, PhD

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Research Focus: Inflammation and colon cancer
Punita Dhawan

Punita Dhawan, PhD

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Research Focus: Colon cancer; cell-to-cell junctions
Justin Mott

Justin Mott, PhD

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Research Focus: microRNAs and cancer; liver and bile duct cancer
Benita McVicker

Benita McVicker, PhD

Internal Medicine
Research Focus: Alcoholic liver disease, liver apoptosis, liver immune regulation
Amar Natarajan

Amar Natarajan, PhD

Eppley Institute
Research Focus: Development of chemical probes for protein interactions and novel treatments for cancer; chemical library screening
Saraswathi Viswanathan

Saraswathi Viswanathan, PhD

Department of Internal Medicine
Research Focus: Mechanisms by which altered nutrient metabolism in obesity and/or chronic ethanol consumption leads to the development of pancreatic cancer. In particular, we are studying the role of amino acid metabolism in modulating the therapy response of pancreatic cancer.
Quan Ly

Quan Ly, MD, FACS

Surgical Oncology
Research Focus: Study the role of cadherins in metastatic cancer cell signaling and the effect of cadherin mutations on cell adhesion and cell motility. Evaluate NBL1 function by re-expressing NBL1 in cancer cells. Develop novel therapies for pancreatic cancers. Study the role of survivin in pancreatic cancers.
Kurt Fisher

Kurt Fisher, MD, PhD

Pathology and Microbiology
Research Focus: Evaluating novel targets for therapy in gastrointestinal tumors with K-Ras mutations, GI tract, liver, and solid organ transplant pathology
Corey Hopkins

Corey Hopkins, PhD

Pharmaceutical Sciences
Research Focus: Design, synthesis and optimization of biologically active small molecules as in vivo probes, drug discovery lead compounds and preclinical candidates
Satya Rachagani

Satyayanarayana Rachagani, BVSc, PhD

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Research Focus: Pancreatic cancer