The mission of the Department of Cancer Biology is to build bridges and teams to drive the best ideas in basic and translational cancer biology and developmental therapeutics to achieve breakthrough advances in the prevention, treatment and cure of cancer. The department faculty are international leaders in brain, colorectal and prostate cancers, leukemia and myeloma, as well as cancer stem cells, mechanisms of DNA damage and repair, and fundamental molecular and cellular processes that impact microbial infections and cancer. Identifying the molecular mechanisms involved in the development and progression of human cancers as well as in normal cellular regulatory processes is our goal, enabling us to achieve our long-term objective of rapidly translating research into strategies that improve patient outcomes.

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Nanoparticle-delivered COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate Shows Promise in Preclinical Studies
03/02/2021

Dr. Jung and his team have developed a vaccine candidate that targets the primary binding site between SARS-Cov-2 and human cells, which universally produced neutralizing antibodies and prevented infection in preclinical models.

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Characterizing Patient Immune Responses to Emerging Tick-borne Virus
03/02/2021

Using patient samples, Dr. Jung and his team uncovered inflammatory biomarkers associated with severe disease and death caused by SFTSV infection, and identified the critical role B cells play in infection.

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Researchers Engineer Novel Disease Model to Develop New Ulcerative Colitis Drugs
01/11/2021

Dr. Huang developed an innovative patient-derived model of the chronic inflammatory bowel disease that mirrors the disease’s complexity better than others currently available and identified the protein CXCL8 as an actionable drug target.

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