Cancer Faculty

Learn more about this group by contacting Dr. Lianchun Wang (lwang@ccrc.uga.edu) or visiting the Cancer group website.

Molecular and cellular cancer research at UGA encompasses many departments and programs.  The common bond between these researchers is a focus to understand the fundamental mechanisms of oncogenesis and cancer progression to develop novel cancer therapeutics and diagnostics.

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Fikri Avci
Assistant Professor Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Mechanisms of immune activation by carbohydrate antigens; design and development of knowledge-based vaccines and therapeutics against pathogens and cancers.

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Michael G. Bartlett
Georgia Athletic Association Professor Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences

ADME of drugs and environmental toxicants; impact of compounds on memory, cognition, and neuropathic pain; oligonucleotide therapeutics and biomarkers.

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Houjian Cai
Assistant Professor Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences

Post-translational modification including protein acylation, fatty acid metabolism, prostate stem cell, Src family kinases, prostate cancer, small molecular inhibitor

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Justin Choi
Assistant Professor Bioinformatics

Genome and transcriptome assembly, computational genomics and epigenomics, computational cancer research

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Brian Condie
Associate Professor Genetics; Neuroscience

The genetic analysis of mouse pharyngeal development and the development of new tools for chromosome engineering.

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Brian Cummings
Associate Professor Neuroscience; Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences; Toxicology

Molecular toxicology, cell signaling, prostate cancer, anti-cancer, kidney.

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Steve Dalton
Professor Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Stem cell biology, development of cell therapies for type 1 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Pluripotent stem cells in early development and induced pluripotent stem cells- cell reprogramming.

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Kevin K. Dobbin
Assistant Professor Bioinformatics

Cancer biomarkers, high dimensional data, translational cancer research.

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Scott T. Dougan
Associate Professor Cellular Biology

Molecular and cellular basis of pattern formation in vertebrates; developmental genetics of zebrafish.

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David J. Garfinkel
Professor Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Retrovirus-like transposons in budding yeast, factors that modulate retrotransposition and genome stability.

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Mary Goll
Assistant Professor Genetics

Epigenetic regulation in the context of development and cancer. We focus on heterochromatin and primarily use zebrafish as a model system.

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Robert Haltiwanger
Professor; GRA Eminent Scholar in Biomedical Glycosciences Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Role of glycosylation in regulating Notch signaling, assisting protein folding, and development.

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Shelley Hooks
Associate Professor Neuroscience; Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences

G-protein coupled receptors, molecular pharmacology, signal transduction, ovarian cancer, neural stem cells.

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Takahiro Ito
Assistant Professor Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Molecular and cellular biology of normal and malignant stem cells

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Natarajan Kannan
Associate Professor Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Bioinformatics

Evolutionary systems biology; protein kinase signaling in plants, pathogens and microbes.

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Lohitash Karumbaiah
Assistant Professor Neuroscience

Developing Translational Glycomaterials and Neuromodulation Systems for Functional Neural Tissue Repair; Targeting Extracellular Matrix Triggers of Brain Tumor Progression

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Eileen Kennedy
Associate Professor Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences

Chemical biology, kinase signaling, cancer, signal transduction, drug discovery.

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Edward T. Kipreos
Professor Cellular Biology

Regulation of the cell cycle; ubiquitin-mediated proteolysis and development.

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Dexi Liu
Panoz Professor of Pharmacy Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences

Gene therapy, obesity, drug delivery, gene drug discovery.

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Rob Maier
Professor Microbiology

Physiology and metallobiology of pathogenic bacteria.

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Leidong Mao
Associate Professor Bioinformatics

Micro- and nano-technology, lab-on-a-chip systems, microfluidics, single cell study, cancer diagnostics.

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Michael McEachern
Professor Genetics

Fungal telomere structure and function, and their cellular role(s).

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Debra Mohnen
Professor Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Biosynthesis and function of the plant cell wall polysaccharide pectin. Anti-cancer effects of pectin.

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Kelley Moremen
Professor Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Biochemistry, molecular, and structural biology of mammalian glycoprotein biosynthesis and catabolism.

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Mandi Murph
Associate Professor Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences

Chemical inhibitors of cancer, chemoresistance, tumor biology and animal models.

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Michael “Hawkeye” Pierce
Distinguished Research Professor, Director UGA Cancer Center Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Glycosyltransferase regulation of tumor cell adhesion and invasion; structure/function of lectins.

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James H. Prestegard
Professor Emeritus, Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Application of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy to the characterization of biologically important systems.

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Walter K. Schmidt Jr.
Associate Professor, Georgia Cancer Coalition Scholar Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Molecular cell biology and biochemistry of proteases associated with isoprenylated protein maturation and amyloidogenic peptide degradation; cancer; Alzheimer’s disease.

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Michael Tiemeyer
Associate Professor Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Mechanisms that regulate the expression, function, and structure of tissue-specific glycans.

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Jeffrey Urbauer
Associate Professor Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Chemistry

Structural biology of transcription regulation, steroid hormone activation and breast cancer.

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Lianchun Wang
Associate Professor, Georgia Cancer Coalition Scholar Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Heparan sulfate proteoglycan, angiogenesis, tumorigenesis, tumor metastasis, stem cell, coagulation.

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Lance Wells
Associate Professor, Georgia Cancer Coalition Scholar Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Role of post-translational modifications, primarily O-glycosylation, in human diseases including type II diabetes, cancer, and congenital muscular dystrophy.

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Zachary A. Wood
Associate Professor Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

X-ray crystallographic and biochemical studies of nucleotide sugar metabolism.

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Robert J. Woods
Professor Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Immunological carbohydrate-protein interactions studied by computational simulation and experimental methods.

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Ying Xu
Professor, Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Bioinformatics

Cancer Computational and Systems Biology, Computational Methods for Protein Structure Prediction and Modeling.

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Jason Zastre
Associate Professor Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences; Toxciology

Transport, micronutrient, hypoxia, cancer.

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Shaying Zhao
Associate Professor Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Bioinformatics

Cancer genomics; human junk DNA; genomic instability.

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Y. George Zheng
Associate Professor, Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Scholar Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences

Chemical biology, epigenetics and chromatin, medicinal chemistry, drug discovery, organic synthesis, bioorganic chemistry, posttranslational modification, molecular biology, biochemistry, enzymology, and bioinformatics.

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