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About Cancer Biology

Cancer Biology Faculty and Students

The Cancer Biology Department is the home of a dynamic, collaborative and highly interactive faculty with cutting-edge research programs that span a wide range of cancer-related topics.

Every new discovery and success in our laboratories—big and small—is putting our dreams of eradicating (or controlling) cancer closer than ever to reality. We hope you will join us in our fight against cancer through basic and translational research at this most opportune and exciting time.

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Recent Publications

Graduate Students

The following publications have been recently published by Cancer Biology faculty:



Latest News/Events

Congratulations to Krushna Patra, PhD!!

6/30/2020: Dr. Patra, Cancer Biology assistant professor, has been awarded a 2020 Career Development Award from the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. The two year grant entitled “Delineating Oncogenic Circuitries of GNAS Mutant Pancreatic Neoplasms” will gain a more complete picture of mutant GNAS-regulated proteins involved in gene expression and metabolic processes that support tumor growth in pancreatic cancer.

Congratulations, Dr. David Plas!

Congratulations to David Plas, PhD, for his promotion to the rank of Professor in the Department of Cancer Biology, effective 9/1/2020.

Congratulations, Dr. Nira Ben-Jonathan!

Nira Ben-Jonathan, PhD, professor emerita in the Department of Cancer Biology, has published a book, entitled Dopamine: Endocrine and Oncogenic FunctionsISBN 9781138392236

Congratulations, Dr. Xiaoting Zhang!

4/30/20: Xiaoting Zhang, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Cancer Biology, has been named The Thomas F. Boat, MD, Endowed Chair in the College of Medicine.

Announcing Special Coronavirus (COVID-19) Research Pilot Grant Recipients!

Two cancer biology faculty received awards for this special funding opportunity financially supported by the UC Office of Research and the College of Medicine Office of Research.

    Jiajie Diao, PhD, Department of Cancer Biology. “Single Molecule Study of Coronavirus Helicase”.

    David Plas, PhD, Department of Cancer Biology and William Miller, PhD, Department of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry, and Microbiology (Co-PIs). “Interfering with SARS-CoV-2 Envelope-dependent Viral Entry”.

Congratulations to Susan Waltz, PhD!

3/24/20: Dr. Waltz, Cancer Biology professor, has been awarded an NIH R01 from the National Cancer Institute. The five year grant entitled “Defining genetic and metabolic requirements of aggressive breast cancer” will identify, at the molecular level, anti-neoplastic strategies that target breast cancer stem cells/tumor initiating cells and take advantage of tumor cell selective metabolic processes to ultimately lessen disease related mortality.

Congratulations to Ayusman Dash and Laurel Romano, Graduate Students in the Cancer and Cell Biology Graduate Program!

3/4/20: Both students were awarded the Graduate Student Government Research Fellowship award, which provides a monetary prize towards their research expenses.