Program 1: Cancer Genes and Pathways (CGP)

CGP iconResearch in the CGP program focuses on defining essential molecular and biological mechanisms underlying tumor pathogenesis and successful therapy. The primary goal of this basic science program is to discover, characterize, and validate new tumor alterations (genetic, molecular, and cellular pathways) to fuel translational cancer research that will lead to improved cancer patient outcomes.

Our program focuses on:

  • Identifying nuclear alterations that promote tumor development
  • Determining cell intrinsic mechanisms driving cellular transformation
  • Defining the role of tumor extrinsic factors in cancer development and suppression

Program Co-Leader: Dawn E. Quelle, PhD, professor, Neuroscience and Pharmacology
Program Co-Leader: Michael Tomasson, MD, professor, Internal Medicine

Full Members

Vladimir Badovinac, PhD

    Full Member,
  • Professor
  • Department: Pathology

Melissa L. Bates, PhD

    Full Member,
  • Assistant Professor
  • Department: Health and Human Physiology, Pediatrics

Gail A. Bishop, PhD

    Full Member,
  • Associate Director of Basic Research for Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Professor
  • Department: Microbiology and Immunology, Internal Medicine

Thomas Casavant, PhD

    Full Member,
  • Professor
  • Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Songhai Chen, MD, PhD

    Full Member,
  • Associate Professor
  • Department: Neuroscience and Pharmacology, Internal Medicine

John D. Colgan, PhD

    Full Member,
  • Associate Professor
  • Department: Internal Medicine

Robert A. Cornell, PhD

    Full Member,
  • Professor
  • Department: Anatomy and Cell Biology

Kris A. DeMali, PhD

    Full Member,
  • Professor
  • Department: Biochemistry

Eric Devor, PhD

    Full Member,
  • Research Assistant Professor
  • Department: Obstetrics and Gynecology

Rebecca D. Dodd, PhD

    Full Member,
  • Assistant Professor
  • Department: Internal Medicine

Adam J. Dupuy, PhD

    Full Member,
  • Associate Professor
  • Department: Anatomy and Cell Biology

Edward J. Filardo, PhD

    Full Member,
  • Research Professor
  • Department: Surgery

Pamela K. Geyer, PhD

    Full Member,
  • Professor
  • Department: Biochemistry

Hasem Habelhah, PhD

    Full Member,
  • Associate Professor
  • Department: Pathology

John T. Harty, PhD

    Full Member,
  • Professor
  • Department: Microbiology and Immunology

Michael D. Henry, PhD

    Full Member,
  • Deputy Director for Research for Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Professor
  • Department: Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, Pathology, Urology

Jon C. Houtman, PhD

    Full Member,
  • Associate Director of Career Enhancement at Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Associate Professor
  • Department: Microbiology and Immunology, Internal Medicine

James Howe, MD

    Full Member,
  • Co-Leader Gastrointestinal Neuroendocrine MOG
  • Professor
  • Department: Surgery

Ali Jabbari, MD, PhD

    Full Member,
  • Associate Professor
  • Department: Dermatology

Zizhen Kang, PhD

    Full Member,
  • Assistant Professor
  • Department: Pathology

Fang Lin, MD, PhD

    Full Member,
  • Associate Professor
  • Department: Anatomy and Cell Biology

Jia Luo, PhD

    Full Member,
  • Professor
  • Department: Pathology

Anna Malkova, PhD

    Full Member,
  • Professor
  • Department: Biology

Ashutosh K. Mangalam, PhD

    Full Member,
  • Associate Professor
  • Department: Pathology

Bryan T. Phillips, PhD

    Full Member,
  • Associate Professor
  • Department: Biology

Robert C. Piper, PhD

    Full Member,
  • Professor
  • Department: Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

Miles A. Pufall, PhD

    Full Member,
  • Associate Professor
  • Department: Biochemistry

Dawn E. Quelle, PhD

    Full Member,
  • Professor
  • Department: Neuroscience and Pharmacology

Michael J. Schnieders, PhD

    Full Member,
  • Associate Professor
  • Department: Biochemistry, Biomedical Engineering

Maria Spies, PhD

    Full Member,
  • Professor
  • Department: Biochemistry

Jack T. Stapleton, MD

    Full Member,
  • Professor
  • Department: Internal Medicine

Christopher S. Stipp, PhD

    Full Member,
  • Associate Professor
  • Department: Biology

Erin E. Talbert, PhD

    Full Member,
  • Assistant Professor
  • Department: Health and Human Physiology

Munir R. Tanas, MD

    Full Member,
  • Associate Professor
  • Department: Pathology

Michael H. Tomasson, MD

    Full Member,
  • Professor
  • Department: Internal Medicine

Tina Tootle, PhD

    Full Member,
  • Associate Professor
  • Department: Anatomy and Cell Biology

Steven M. Varga, PhD

    Full Member,
  • Professor
  • Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Graduate Student Development
  • Department: Microbiology and Immunology

Yatin M. Vyas, MD, MBBS

    Full Member,
  • Professor
  • Department: Pediatrics

M. Todd Washington, PhD

    Full Member,
  • Professor
  • Department: Biochemistry

Marc S. Wold, PhD

    Full Member,
  • Professor
  • Department: Biochemistry

Charles Yeaman, PhD

    Full Member,
  • Associate Professor
  • Department: Anatomy and Cell Biology

Erliang Zeng, PhD

    Full Member,
  • Associate Professor
  • Department: Preventive and Community Dentistry, Biostatistics

Jian Zhang, MD

    Full Member,
  • Professor
  • Department: Pathology

Associate Members

Aaron D. Bossler, MD, PhD

    Associate Member,
  • Clinical Professor
  • Department: Pathology

Terry Braun, PhD

    Associate Member,
  • Professor
  • Department: Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Biomedical Engineering

Marisa R. Buchakjian, MD, PhD

    Associate Member,
  • Assistant Professor
  • Department: Otolaryngology

Carlos H.F. Chan, MD, PhD

    Associate Member,
  • Assistant Professor
  • Department: Surgery

Benjamin Darbro, MD, PhD

    Associate Member,
  • Associate Professor
  • Department: Pediatrics, Director, Shivanand R. Patil Cytogenetics and Molecular Laboratory

Po Hien Ear, PhD

    Associate Member,
  • Research Assistant Professor
  • Department: Surgery

Jesus Gonzalez Bosquet, MD, PhD

    Associate Member,
  • Assistant Professor
  • Department: Obstetrics and Gynecology

Carol J. Holman, MD, PhD

    Associate Member,
  • Clinical Professor
  • Department: Pathology

Thorsten Maretzky, PhD

    Associate Member,
  • Assistant Professor
  • Department: Internal Medicine

Affiliate Members

Michael G. Anderson, PhD

    Affiliate Member,
  • Professor
  • Department: Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Nicholas C. Borcherding

    Affiliate Member,
  • Graduate Research Assistant
  • Department: Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)

Noah Butler, PhD

    Affiliate Member,
  • Associate Professor
  • Department: Microbiology and Immunology

Kevin P. Campbell, PhD

    Affiliate Member,
  • Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
  • Roy J. Carver Biomedical Research Chair
  • Department: Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

Anil K. Chauhan, MTech

    Affiliate Member,
  • Professor
  • Department: Internal Medicine

Rory A. Fisher, PhD

    Affiliate Member,
  • Professor
  • Department: Neuroscience and Pharmacology

Ernesto J. Fuentes, PhD

    Affiliate Member,
  • Associate Professor
  • Department: Biochemistry

Marlan Hansen, MD

    Affiliate Member,
  • Professor
  • Department: Otolaryngology, Neurosurgery

Bin Z. He, PhD

    Affiliate Member,
  • Assistant Professor
  • Department: Biology

Bruce S. Hostager, PhD

    Affiliate Member,
  • Associate Research Scientist
  • Department: Microbiology and Immunology

Aloysius J. Klingelhutz, PhD

    Affiliate Member,
  • Professor
  • Department: Microbiology and Immunology

Mikhail V. Kulak, PhD

    Affiliate Member,
  • Research Assistant Professor
  • Department: Surgery

Geeta Lal, MD

    Affiliate Member,
  • Associate Professor
  • Department: Surgery

Gloria Lee, PhD

    Affiliate Member,
  • Professor Emeritus
  • Department: Internal Medicine

Kevin L. Legge, PhD

    Affiliate Member,
  • Professor
  • Department: Pathology

Steven R. Lentz, MD, PhD

    Affiliate Member,
  • Professor
  • Division of Hematology, Oncology, and Blood and Marrow Transplantation Director
  • Department: Internal Medicine

Deqin Ma, MD, PhD

    Affiliate Member,
  • Clinical Associate Professor
  • Department: Pathology

John Manak, PhD

    Affiliate Member,
  • Associate Professor
  • Department: Biology

Wendy J. Maury, PhD

    Affiliate Member,
  • Professor
  • Department: Microbiology and Immunology

Scott Moye-Rowley, PhD

    Affiliate Member,
  • Professor
  • Department: Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

Stanley Perlman, MD, PhD

    Affiliate Member,
  • Professor
  • Department: Microbiology and Immunology, Pediatrics

Richard J. Roller, PhD

    Affiliate Member,
  • Professor
  • Department: Microbiology and Immunology

Todd Scheetz, PhD

    Affiliate Member,
  • Professor
  • Department: Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Biomedical Engineering

Diane Slusarski, PhD

    Affiliate Member,
  • Professor
  • Department: Biology

David R. Soll, PhD

    Affiliate Member,
  • Professor
  • Department: Biology

Mark Stamnes, PhD

    Affiliate Member,
  • Associate Professor
  • Department: Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, Internal Medicine

Thomas J. Waldschmidt, PhD

    Affiliate Member,
  • Professor
  • Department: Pathology

Lori Wallrath, PhD

    Affiliate Member,
  • Professor
  • Department: Biochemistry

Amy L. Whillock

    Affiliate Member,
  • Graduate Student
  • Department: Microbiology and Immunology

Eliot Y. Zhu, MS

    Affiliate Member,
  • Graduate Research Assistant
  • Department: Anatomy and Cell Biology