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Research Programs

The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute’s 150 plus members are affiliated with one or more of our research programs supported by our NCI Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG). 

These programs form an interdisciplinary and collaborative infrastructure to enable the full spectrum of translational research to be conducted.  Work done by Knight physicians and scientists advance our understanding of the underlying mechanisms of this disease and advance discoveries to improve detection, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cancer.

OHSU Knight Cancer Institute Research Programs

PROGRAM MEMBERS

Researcher Research Area Knight Program

Alumkal, Joshi J., M.D.

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Special Expertise:
  • All stages of prostate cancer and other genitourinary malignancies.
 

Solid Tumors

Amling, Christopher L., M.D., F.A.C.S

Special Expertise:
  • Urologic
  • bladder
  • cancer
  • prostate
  • oncology
 

Solid Tumors

Bagby, Grover C., M.D.

Special Expertise:
  • carcinogenesis
  • leukemia
 

Hematologic Malignancies

Barklis, Eric, Ph.D.

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Special Interest:
  • Cancer Research
 

Hematologic Malignancies

Becker, Thomas M., M.D., Ph.D.

Special Expertise:
  • cancer epidemiology
  • Cervical neoplasia
  • American Indian
  • Alaska Native
  • Community-based participatory research
 

Cancer Prevention & Control

Beer, Tomasz M., M.D., F.A.C.P.

Special Expertise:
  • calcitriol
  • prostate cancer
 

Solid Tumors

Bennett, Jill, PH.D.

Special Interest:
 

Cancer Prevention & Control

Billingsley, Kevin G., M.D.

Special Expertise:
  • Surgical oncology
 

Solid Tumors

Braziel, Rita M., M.D.

Special Interest:
  • Hematopathology
 

Hematologic Malignancies

Bubalo, Joseph S., PharmD

Appointments:
Assistant Professor of Medicine  

Cancer Prevention & Control

Carbone, Lucia, Ph.D.

Appointments:
Behavioral Neurocience  

Cancer Biology

Carney, Patricia A, Ph.D.

Special Expertise:
  • Breast cancer screening
  • Mammography
  • Cervical cancer screening
  • Colorectal screening
  • breast cancer research
 

Cancer Prevention & Control

Chang, Bill Hoon, M.D., Ph.D.

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Appointments:

St. Baldrick’s Scholar

 

Hematologic Malignancies

Chapman, Michael, PH.D.

Special Interest:
 

Hematologic Malignancies

Chen, Andy, M.D., Ph.D.

Special Expertise:
  • hematology
 

Hematologic Malignancies

Chui, Stephen, M.D.

Special Expertise:
  • Breast Cancer
 

Solid Tumors

Coakley, Fergus, M.D.

Special Interest:
  • Diagnostic Radiology
 

Solid Tumors

Corless, Christopher L., M.D., Ph.D.

Special Expertise:
  • GI
 

Solid Tumors

Coussens, Lisa, Ph.D.

Appointments:
Department Chair, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, OHSU Director of Basic Research, OHSU Knight Cancer Research  

Cancer Biology

Dai, Mushui, M.D., Ph.D.

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Special Expertise:
  • p53
  • MDM2
  • c-Myc
  • ribosomal protein
  • nucleolar stress
 

Cancer Biology

Dao, Kim-Hien T., D.O., Ph.D.

Special Expertise:
  • hematology
 

Hematologic Malignancies

David, Larry, Ph.D.

Special Interest:
 

Cancer Biology

Dilts, David M., Ph.D., M.B.A.

Appointments:
Director of Clinical Research, OHSU Knight Cancer Institute Professor of Healthcare Management, Division of Management  

Druker, Brian J., M.D.

Special Expertise:
  • Gleevec
  • myeloid
  • leukemia
 

Hematologic Malignancies

Duvoisin, Robert M, Ph.D.

Special Interest:
 

Solid Tumors

Eldredge, Deborah, Ph.D.

Appointments:
Director, Quality/Research/Magnet Recognition Program, Patient Care Services  

Cancer Prevention & Control

Elliot, Diane L., M.D.

Special Expertise:
  • Muscle disorders
  • health promotion
  • obesity research
  • eating disorders
 

Cancer Prevention & Control

Enns, Caroline, Ph.D

Appointments:
Professor, Cell and Developmental Biology  

Cancer Biology

Fan, Guang, M.D., Ph.D.

Special Expertise:
  • Hematopathology
  • Flow cytometry
  • Lymphoma
  • Leukemia
  • Hematology
 

Hematologic Malignancies

Fedorov, Lev, Ph.D.

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Appointments:
Transgenic Core Director  

Solid Tumors

Fennerty, Brian, M.D.

Special Expertise:
  • Gastroesophageal reflux
 

Cancer Prevention & Control

Fleming, William H., M.D., Ph.D.

Special Expertise:
  • bone marrow transplant
  • stem cells
 

Hematologic Malignancies

Forte, Michael, Ph.D.

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Special Expertise:
  • Drosophila
  • Mitochondria
  • Calcium
  • Permeability transition Pore
  • Signaling
 

Cancer Biology

Fromme, Erik K., M.D., M.C.R., FAAHPM

Special Expertise:
  • Pain and symptom management
 

Cancer Prevention & Control

Früh, Klaus, Ph.D.

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Appointments:
2005-present, Senior Scientist, Vaccine and Gene Therapy Inst, OHSU, Beaverton, OR; 2005-present, Senior Scientist, Oregon National Primate Research Center, Beaverton, OR; 2005-present, Professor, Department for Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, OHSU  

Hematologic Malignancies

Ganzini, Linda, M.D., M.P.H.

Special Interests:
  • Psychiatry (General)
  • Psychiatry (Geriatrics)
 

Cancer Prevention & Control

Garzotto, Mark, M.D.

Special Expertise:
  • prostate cancer
 

Solid Tumors

Gonzales, David, Ph.D.

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Special Expertise:
  • smoking cessation
  • smoking cessation pharmacotherapies
  • nicotine vaccine
  • cancer prevention
  • COPD
 

Cancer Prevention & Control

Goodman, Richard, M.D., Ph.D.

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Appointments:
Director, Vollum Institute Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology Professor of Biochemistry Professor of Molecular Biology  

Cancer Biology

Gray, Joe, Ph.D.

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Appointments:
Gordon Moore Endowed Chair Chair, Department of Biomedical Engineering Director, OHSU Center for Spatial Systems Biomedicine Associate Director for Translational Research, OHSU Knight Cancer Institute  

Cancer Biology

Gregg, Jessica, M.D., Ph.D

Appointments:
Assistant Professor of Medicine Division of General Internal Medicine, OHSU OHSU — General Medicine  

Cancer Prevention & Control

Grompe, Markus, M.D.

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Special Expertise:
  • Fonconi
  • metabolism
 

Cancer Biology

Gross, Neil D, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Special Expertise:
  • head and neck cancer
  • carcinogenesis
  • novel molecular therapeutics
  • Thyroid and Parathyroid Glands
  • Microsurgery
 

Solid Tumors

Harrington, Christina, Ph.D.

Appointments:
Director, Affymetrix Microarray Core  

Hayes-Lattin, Brandon, M.D.

Special Expertise:
  • Dr. Hayes-Lattin's clinical interests are in the use of high-dose therapy
 

Hematologic Malignancies

Heinrich, Michael C., M.D.

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Special Expertise:
  • malignancies
  • Hematology
 

Solid Tumors

Hersh, William R, M.D.

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Special Expertise:
  • Biomedical and health informatics
  • Information retrieval
  • Search
  • Health information technology workforce development
  • Educational technology
 

Cancer Prevention & Control

Hill, Ann, Ph.D.

Appointments:
Associate Professor  

Solid Tumors

Hoatlin, Maureen, Ph.D.

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Special Interest:
  • Cancer Research
 

Hematologic Malignancies

Holland, John M., M.D.

Special Expertise:
  • Head and neck tumors
 

Solid Tumors

Huang, Wei, Ph.D.

Special Expertise:
  • MR spectroscopy
  • dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI
  • sarcoma
  • MRI
  • breast cancer
 

Solid Tumors

Hung, Arthur Y., M.D.

Special Interest:
  • Eye Cancer
 

Solid Tumors

Impey, Soren, Ph.D.

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Appointments:
Assistant Professor
 

Cancer Biology

Iordanov, Mihail, Ph.D.

Special Interest:
  • Cancer Research
 

Cancer Biology

Jacques, Steven L, Ph.D.

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Special Expertise:
  • biophotonics
  • tissue optics
  • optical diagnostics
  • biomedical engineering
  • lasers
 

Solid Tumors

Jansen, Lynn A, Ph.D.

Special Interest:
 

Cancer Prevention & Control

Kabat, David, Ph.D.

Appointments:
Professor  

Hematologic Malignancies

Keller, Charles,

Appointments:
Leader, Pediatric Cancer Biology Program  

Solid Tumors

Koop, Dennis R, Ph.D.

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Special Interest:
 

Solid Tumors

Kovacsovics, Tibor, M.D.

Special Expertise:
  • Management of hematologic malignancies by conventional chemotherapy and stem cell transplantation
 

Hematologic Malignancies

Kulesz-Martin, Molly F., Ph.D.

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Special Expertise:
  • carcinogenesis
  • ubiquitin ligase
  • trim32
  • piasy
  • p73
 

Solid Tumors

Kurre, Peter, M.D.

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Special Expertise:
  • bone marrow
  • Fanconi Anemia
  • stem cell transplantation
 

Hematologic Malignancies

Lee-Lin, Frances, Ph.D., R.N., O.C.N., C.N.S.

Special Expertise:
  • cancer Screening
  • asian Americans
  • health disparity
  • immigrant health
  • Survivorship
 

Cancer Prevention & Control

Liskay, R. Michael, Ph.D.

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Special Expertise:
  • DNA mismatch repair
  • mouse models
  • genomic instability
  • colon cancer research OHSU
  • colorectal cancer
 

Solid Tumors

Liu, Yuangang, Ph.D.

Special Interest:
 

Cancer Biology

Lloyd, R. Stephen, Ph.D.

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Special Interest:
 

Cancer Biology

Lopez, Charles D., M.D., Ph.D.

Special Expertise:
  • Tumor biology
 

Solid Tumors

Loriaux, Marc M., M.D., PhD.

Special Interest:
  • Hematopathology
 

Hematologic Malignancies

Luoh, Shiuh-Wen, M.D.

Special Expertise:
  • Breast Cancer
 

Solid Tumors

Lyons, Karen S, Ph.D.

Special Expertise:
  • family care
  • symptom incongruence
  • couples
  • family communication and  relationships
  • survivorship
 

Cancer Prevention & Control

Madison, Dana, M.D.,Ph.D.

Special Expertise:
  • Calcium regulation and metabolic bone disease
 

Solid Tumors

Magun, Bruce, Ph.D

Special Interest:
 

Cancer Biology

Malempati, Suman, M.D.

Special Interest:
  • Hematology/Oncology (Pediatric)
 

Hematologic Malignancies

Marks, Daniel L., M.D., Ph.D.

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Special Expertise:
  • All aspects of pediatric endocrinology including growth
  • puberty
  • thyroid
  • diabetes and adrenal disorders; pediatric obesity; failure to thrive
 

Cancer Prevention & Control

Maurer, Richard, Ph.D.

Special Interest:
 

Cancer Biology

Maziarz, Richard T., M.D.

Special Expertise:
  • molecular immunology
  • bone marrow transplant
 

Hematologic Malignancies

McCarty, Owen J.T., Ph.D.

Appointments:
Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Assistant Professor, Department of Cell & Development Biology  

Solid Tumors

McCullough, Amanda K, Ph.D.

Special Expertise:
  • Environmental Exposure
  • oxidative stress
  • ultraviolet light-induced DNA damage
  • formaldehyde-induced DNA damage
  • DNA repair
 

Cancer Biology

McWeeney, Shannon, Ph.D.

Special Expertise:
  • Statistical Genetics
  • Computational Biology
  • Network Reconstruction
  • Statistical Methodology for functional genomics data
  • data cleaning and data integration
 

Cancer Prevention & Control

Morgans, Catherine W, Ph.D.

Special Interest:
 

Solid Tumors

Mori, Motomi, Ph.D.

Appointments:
Head, Division of Biostatistics Director, Biostatistics Shared Resource, OHSU Cancer Institute Director, Biostatistics & Design Program, Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute  

Cancer Prevention & Control

Morris, Cynthia, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Special Interest:
 

Cancer Prevention & Control

Moses, Ashlee, Ph.D.

Special Expertise:
  • Immunology
  • Vaccine
  • Gene Therapy
 

Hematologic Malignancies

Moses, Robb E., M.D.

Special Expertise:
  • Fanconi anemia
  • dna repair
 

Cancer Biology

Naik, Arpana M., M.D.

Special Expertise:
  • Breast Cancer
 

Solid Tumors

Nail, Lillian, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N.

Appointments:
Professor and Senior Scientist  

Cancer Prevention & Control

Naugler, Willscott E., M.D.

Special Expertise:
  • Acute liver failure
 

Solid Tumors

Nelson, Jay A., Ph.D.

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Special Expertise:
  • cytomegalovirus (HCMV)
  • west Nile virus (WNV)
  • human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
  • miRNAs
  • pathogenesis
 

Hematologic Malignancies

Nelson, Heidi, M.D., M.P.H.

Special Interest:
 

Cancer Prevention & Control

Nemecek, Eneida R., M.D., M.S.

Special Expertise:
  • Blood Stem Cell Transplantation
 

Hematologic Malignancies

Neuwelt, Edward A., M.D.

Special Expertise:
  • Blood brain barrier procedure for brain tumor patients.
 

Solid Tumors

Nicholson, H. Stacy, M.D., M.P.H.

Special Expertise:
  • Childhood cancer and blood disorders
 

Cancer Prevention & Control

Okada, Craig, M.D.

Special Expertise:
  • Lymphoma
 

Hematologic Malignancies

Olson, Susan B., Ph.D.

Special Expertise:
  • chromosomal changes
  • fetal development
 

Hematologic Malignancies

Orloff, Susan L., M.D.

Special Expertise:
  • Hepatobiliary
  • Kidney and Pancreas Transplant
  • Bile Duct Cancer
  • Cysts
  • Tumors
  • Liver
  • Liver Cancer
 

Solid Tumors

Orwoll, Eric S., M.D.

Special Interest:
 

Cancer Prevention & Control

Parker, David, Ph.D.

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Special Expertise:
  • cellular immunology
  • lymphocyte activation
  • immunological tolerance
  • immunological synapse
  • intercellular communication
 

Solid Tumors

Pejovic, Tanja, M.D., Ph.D.

Special Expertise:
  • Ovarian cancer
 

Solid Tumors

Pike, Martin, Ph.D.

Special Interest:
 

Solid Tumors

Pommier, Rodney F., M.D.

Special Interests:
  • Surgical Oncology
  • Myeloma
  • Breast Cancer
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Sarcoma
 

Cancer Prevention & Control

Press, Richard D., M.D., Ph.D.

Special Expertise:
  • tumorigenic signaling pathways
  • genetic alterations
 

Hematologic Malignancies

Qian, David, Ph.D.

Special Expertise:
  • prostate
  • chemotherapy
  • hypoxia
  • genetics
  • metabolism
 

Cancer Biology

Raber, Jacob, Ph.D.

Appointments:
Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience?
Professor, Department of Neurology
?Affiliate Scientist, Division of Neuroscience, ONPRC  

Cancer Prevention & Control

Roberts, Charles T., Ph.D.

Special Expertise:
  • insulin action
  • insulin-like growth factor action
  • prostate cancer
  • metabolic disease
  • diabetes
 

Solid Tumors

Roselli, Charles, PHD

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Appointments:
Professor of Physiology and Pharmacology Professor of Anesthesiology  

Solid Tumors

Ross, Donald A, M.D.

Special Interest:
  • Neurosurgery
 

Solid Tumors

Rotwein, Peter, MD

Special Interest:
 

Solid Tumors

Ryan, Christopher W., M.D.

Special Expertise:
  • Treatment of genitourinary cancers and sarcomas
 

Solid Tumors

Scanlan, Thomas S., Ph.D.

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Appointments:
Professor of Physiology and Pharmacology
Director, Program in Chemical Biology
 

Cancer Biology

Sears, Rosalie C., Ph.D.

Appointments:
Associate Professor  

Cancer Biology

Shannon, Jackilen, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Special Expertise:
  • cancer prevention
  • diet
  • epidemiology
  • prostate cancer
  • breast cancer
 

Cancer Prevention & Control

Sheppard, Brett C., M.D.

Special Interests:
  • Digestive Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • Laparoscopic and Endoscopic Surgery
  • Nissen Fundoplication
  • GI Tract - Upper (includes esophagus
  • stomach
  • gallbladder and biliary system)
  • Pancreatic Cancer
 

Solid Tumors

Sherman, Larry, Ph.D

Special Expertise:
  • Myelination
  • Demyelinating diseases
  • Oligodendrocytes
  • Schwann cells
  • Multiple sclerosis
 

Cancer Biology

Skach, William, M.D.

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Special Expertise:
  • Protein translocation
  • Polytopic membrane proteins
  • ER-associated degradation
 

Cancer Biology

Slatore, Christopher G., M.D.

Special Expertise:
  • Tobacco
  • Communication
  • prevention
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Lung Cancer
 

Cancer Prevention & Control

Spellman, Paul, Ph.D.

Special Interest:
 

Cancer Biology

Spindel, Elliot, M.D., Ph.D.

Special Interest:
 

Cancer Prevention & Control

Springer, Charles,

Special Interest:
 

Solid Tumors

Spurgeon, Stephen E.F., M.D.

Special Expertise:
  • hematology
 

Hematologic Malignancies

Steiner, Elizabeth, M.D.

Special Expertise:
  • Early detection of breast cancer
 

Cancer Prevention & Control

Stork, Linda C., M.D.

Special Expertise:
  • lymphomas
  • investigational agents
  • leukemia
 

Hematologic Malignancies

Stork, Philip J, MD

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Special Interest:
 

Solid Tumors

Streeter, Philip, PHD

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Special Interest:
 

Solid Tumors

Swanson, Neil A., M.D.

Special Expertise:
  • Skin cancer
  • Mohs surgery
  • melanoma
  • melanoma
 

Solid Tumors

Taylor, Jason A., M.D., Ph.D.

Appointments:
Assistant Professor  

Hematologic Malignancies

Taylor, Matthew Hiram, M.D.

Special Interest:
  • Thyroid Cancer
 

Solid Tumors

Thayer, Mathew, Ph.D.

Appointments:
Professor, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Department
 

Cancer Biology

Thomas, George, M.D.

Appointments:
Associate Professor Director, Pathology Core, OHSU Knight Cancer Institute  

Solid Tumors

Thomas, Charles R., Jr., M.D.

Special Interest:
  • Radiation Oncology
 

Solid Tumors

Thuillier, Philippe, Ph.D.

Appointments:
Assistant Professor, Department of PHPM, OHSU Cancer Research Center Adjunct Research Scientist - CROET  

Troxell, Megan, M.D., Ph.D.

Special Expertise:
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Breast Pathology
  • Renal Pathology
  • Transplantation Pathology
 

Solid Tumors

Tsikitis, Vassiliki, M.D.

Special Interests:
  • Digestive Surgery
  • Surgery
  • Anal Cancer
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Cancer Research
 

Solid Tumors

Turker, Mitchell, Ph.D., J.D.

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Special Expertise:
  • Epigenetics
  • Gene silencing
  • Somatic Mutation
  • Radiation mutagenesis
  • Environmental Exposure
 

Cancer Biology

Tyner, Jeffrey, Ph.D.

Special Interest:
 

Hematologic Malignancies

Vetto, John T., M.D., F.A.C.S.

Special Interests:
  • Breast Cancer
  • Melanoma
 

Cancer Prevention & Control

Vu, Tania, Ph.D.

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Appointments:
Faculty member, Center for Spatial Systems Biology
Research member, Knight Cancer Institute
Faculty member, Neuroscience Graduate Program
Leadership Team, Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies- Institute (ONAMI)  

Solid Tumors

Wax, Mark K., M.D., F.A.C.S., F.R.C.S.

Special Interest:
  • Head and Neck Surgery
 

Solid Tumors

Wehrli, Marcel, Ph.D.

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Special Expertise:
  • cancer
  • wnt/B-catenin signaling
  • axin
  • arrow
  • LDL receptor related protein (LRP)
 

Cancer Biology

Winters-Stone, Kerri, Ph.D.

Appointments:
Associate Professor, School of Nursing  

Cancer Prevention & Control

Wong, Melissa Hirose, Ph.D.

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Special Expertise:
  • cancer stem cell
  • intestinal stem cell niche
  • metastatic cancer
  • cell fusion
  • colorectal cancer
 

Solid Tumors

Wong, Scott W, Ph.D.

Special Expertise:
  • cancer stem cell
  • intestinal stem cell niche
  • metastatic cancer
  • cell fusion
  • colorectal cancer
 

Hematologic Malignancies

Wood, Lisa J, Ph.D., R.N.

Special Interest:
 

Cancer Prevention & Control

Xiao, Xiangshu, Ph.D.

Appointments:
Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, OHSU
Member, Cancer Biology Program, Knight Cancer Institute, OHSU  

Cancer Biology

Yantasee, Wassana, Ph.D.

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Special Interest:
 

Cancer Biology

Zheng, Christina, Ph.D.

Appointments:
Research Assistant Professor, Knight Cancer Institute, Bioinformatics Shared Resource  

Cancer Prevention & Control

Zundel, Wayne, Ph.D.

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Appointments:
Director, Division of Molecular Radiation & Cancer Biology
Assistant Professor of Radiation Medicine
 

Cancer Biology

 

EXTERNAL PROGRAM MEMBERS

Researcher Research Area
Program         
Jeffery Fellows, Ph.D.
Kaiser 4
Bernard Fox, Ph.D.
 Providence 3
Mark Hornbrook, Ph.D. Public Health & Preventive Medicine, Kaiser 4
Peter Hurlin, Ph.D. Cell & Developmental Biology, Shriners 1
Arup Indra, Ph.D. Molecular & Medical Genetics, Shriners 3
Carmit McMullen, Ph.D. Kaiser 4
Jefferey Singer, Ph.D. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Portland State University 1
Scott Stadler, Ph.D. Molecular & Medical Genetics, Shriners 1
Victor Stevens, Ph.D. Public Health & Preventative Medicine, Kaiser 4
Walter Urba, M.D., Ph.D.  Providence 3
Andrew Weinberg, Ph.D.  Molecular Microbiology & Immunology, Providence 3
Sheila Weinmann, Ph.D. Public Health & Preventative Medicine, Kaiser 4