Lisa Coussens, Ph.D.

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.

OHSU Respect For All Flowchart

Respect For All Flowchart


Quantitative and Systems Biology Program Symposium
A series of short talks highlighting both the diversity and commonalities among quantitative work at OHSU.  Speakers will be drawn from a range of disciplines. September 20th, 2021 from 9:00am - 12:30pm. More details to come.

Upcoming events

Event Highlights

AACR event image - Amanda Poissonnier, Ph.D.
Amanda Poissonnier, center, presents her poster at AACR event.

At AACR's Tumor Immunology and Immunotherapy event in November, CDCB research presented their research.

AACR event image - Ryan Lane
Ryan Lane (right), presents his poster at AACR event.

Recent Accolades & Funding

Congratulations to Sarah Bernhardt, Ph.D., who is a postdoctoral scholar in the Schedin lab, who has been awarded a Prevent Cancer Foundation Fellowship.

Congratulations to Amy Moran, Ph.D. and the Moran lab which has won the Prostate Cancer Foundation's 2021 Young Investigator Award.

Congratulations to Karin Rodland, Ph.D. who has recently received the PNNL Lab Director’s Award for Lifetime Achievement in Science or Technology.

Congratulations to Missy Wong, Ph.D. and the Wong lab whose paper, "Relevance of circulating hybrid cells as a non-invasive biomarker for myriad solid tumors," published in Scientific Reports is the School of Medicine's Paper of the Month. Read the story on OHSU Now.

Recent Publications

The Malhotra lab has recently published two articles:

The Schedin lab has three publications to announce:

The Oshimori lab has published, "A mechanistic basis for the malignant progression of salivary gland tumors" in iScience. Read the paper here.

CDCB labs recruiting

Careers with an emphasis on preclinical and translational science

CDCB welcomes

Tanaya Shree

CDCB is pleased to announce that Tanaya Shree, Ph.D., will be joining us as an assistant professor. Dr. Shree is a lymphoma specialist and cancer immunologist. Her lab will focus on dissecting the interplay between the immune system and cancer – understanding immune deficiencies in cancer patients and developing novel strategies for activating the immune system against cancer. Welcome, Dr. Shree!

Kate Byrne

CDCB is pleased to welcome Katelyn Byrne, Ph.D., who will be joining us as a joint faculty along with the Brendon-Colson Center for Pancreatic Care and the Knight Cancer Institute. The main focus of the Byrne Lab is to investigate the immunobiology of the pancreatic tumor microenvironment, with the long-term goal of generating novel therapies for enhancing immune responses in patients. Welcome, Dr. Byrne!

Elaine Huang

Congratulations to Elaine Huang, M.S. who has recently been promoted to lab manager for the Coussens lab!

Sanjay Malhotra

CDCB is excited to welcome Sanjay Malhotra, Ph.D. Dr. Malhotra is joining us as a professor and will co-lead the Knight Cancer Institute's new center, the Center for Experimental Therapeutics. Dr. Malhotra's background is in chemical biology and drug development with a strong expertise in medicinal chemistry, including small molecule synthesis. Visit the Malhotra lab website to learn more. Welcome, Dr. Malhotra!