Department of Cancer Biology

Welcome to the Department of Cancer Biology website. 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 into accelerating improvements and landmark advances in the prevention, treatment, and cure of cancer. We seek to define the molecular events that control cellular responses to external cues signaling cell division, proliferation, differentiation, or death. Research areas include cell signaling, DNA damage and repair, tumor suppressor genes, histone modification, cell cycle control, cell invasion, angiogenesis, imaging, and the innate defense against viruses and cancer. These studies will help clarify the molecular mechanisms involved in the development and progression of human cancers and will also shed light on normal cellular regulatory processes. Underlying all of the basic research is the long-term objective of rapid translation into strategies that will improve the outcomes for patients.