Lisa Coussens PhD

The overarching mission of the OHSU Department of Cell, Developmental & Cancer Biology is to advance the understanding of problems relevant to human health and disease. To accomplish this mission, research groups in the department have historically focused on questions regarding cell structure, organelles, life cycle, differentiation, and regulated communication between cells and extracellular signals and cues. An ultimate application of knowledge gained from these studies has been to understand important cell physiologic processes that effect human biology. These issues directly link to problems of interest to developmental biologists, including molecular and cellular mechanisms regulating tissue morphogenesis, tissue polarity and patterning. Read full welcome message here.

Welcoming new members during modified operations

Many new faces have joined us since OHSU's modified operations began in March 2020. We have created a page where you will find a photo and bio for  faculty, staff, and students who have joined during this time. Visit the page here.

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Upcoming events

Event Highlights

Drs. Lisa Coussens and Amy Moran, AACR 2022
Drs. Lisa Coussens (left) and Amy Moran (right) at the AACR Annual Meeting 2022.
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Drs. Sanjay Malhotra (right) and Lisa Coussens (center), during the AACR 2022 New President's Reception celebrating Dr. Coussens' transition into the AACR Presidency.
Drs. Lisa Coussens, Kate Byrne, Amanda Lund, Grad student Grace McCarthy
Drs. Lisa Coussens, Sanjay Malhotra, Amanda Lund, Kate Byrne, and OHSU graduate student Grace McCarthy (Brody lab) at the AACR 2022 Annual Meeting.

Featured stories

Pygmy goats at CDCB summer picnic

CDCB held its annual picnic this past Monday, September 11th at Laurelhurst Park. We spent the afternoon among good company enjoying tamales & tacos, alongside some furry friends! See more photos here.

Lisa Coussens, Pepper Schedin, Brian Druker at the Schnitzer Investiture event

Congratulations to Dr. Pepper Schedin, Professor of Cell, Developmental & Cancer Biology, who has been appointed the inaugural recipient of the Leonard Schnitzer Chair in Breast Oncology. The Leonard Schnitzer Family established this endowed chair in Leonard’s memory to help advance clinically relevant cancer research and the work of the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute to end cancer as we know it. An investiture ceremony will be held later this summer to honor the family and Schedin. Read more here.

Dr. Lisa Coussens

In recognition of her scientific work and contributions to the field of cancer research, Lisa Coussens, Ph.D. was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, among 143 other newly elected members. Membership is a widely recognized mark of excellence in science, and one of the highest honors that a scientist in the United States can receive. Congratulations, Dr. Coussens! Read more on OHSU Now.

Recent Accolades & Funding

Congratulations to Dr. Sud Anand who has been appointed as the new director of the Ph.D. Program in Biomedical Sciences (PBMS), succeeding Dr. Georgiana Purdy. Read more here.

Congratulations to Dr. Megan Burger who recently received a V Scholar grant from the V Foundation for Cancer Research.

Congratulations to Michelle Ozaki, graduate student in the Schedin lab, who has been award a prestigious F99 award from the NIH that provides funding for 2 years of graduate work and 3 years of postdoc support. The title of her project is, "Fibroblasts in the establishment of the liver pre-metastatic niche."

Congratulations to Dr. Caroline Enns who has recently been received the Marcel Simon Award. The award is presented every two years at the Bioiron Society meeting and is awarded for excellence in the research of genetic hemochromatosis.

Congratulations to Tori Schuster, graduate student in the Ruhland lab, has received a T32 training grant award for Interdisciplinary Training in Microbial Pathogenesis and Immunology.

Recent Publications

CDCB labs recruiting

Careers with an emphasis on preclinical and translational science

CDCB welcomes

Molly Thomas

CDCB is pleased to announce that Molly Thomas, M.D., Ph.D., will be joining us as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cell, Developmental & Cancer Biology, with a joint appointment in the Division of Gastroenterology. Dr. Thomas is an inflammatory bowel disease specialist and mucosal immunologist. Her lab will focus on understanding gastrointestinal and hepatic complications of immune checkpoint blockade and how these immune related adverse events inform our understanding of tissue-resident memory T cells in these organ systems. Welcome, Dr. Thomas!

Joshua Moreau

CDCB is please to welcome Joshua Moreau, Ph.D., who will be joining us as a joint faculty along with the Division of Oncological Sciences, Department of Dermatology, and a member of CEDAR. He aims to explore the earliest interactions between cancer and the immune system, within the tissues where cancer cells arise. Welcome, Dr. Moreau!

Megan Burger

CDCB is excited to welcome Megan Burger, Ph.D. who will be joining us as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cell, Developmental & Cancer Biology, with a joint appointment in the Division of Hematology Oncology. Dr. Burger's research program will initially be investigating the interplay of anti-tumor T cell responses in thoracic malignancies with the goal of identifying targets for new therapy. Welcome, Dr. Burger!