Cancer Faculty

Learn more about this group by contacting Dr. Michael Pierce (hawkeye@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

Associate 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 Bartlett

Georgia Athletic Association Professor
Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences; Neuroscience

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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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
GRA Eminent Scholar Chair in Molecular Cell Biology
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Neuroscience

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 Dobbin

Assistant Professor
Bioinformatics

Cancer biomarkers, high dimensional data, translational cancer research.

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Scott Dougan

Associate Professor
Cellular Biology

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

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Eugene Douglass

Assistant Professor
Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences

Multi-drug resistance(MDR) causes most cancer deaths(Nat. Rev. Cancer 2018, 18, 452). We use organic chemistry, cell biology and data-science to overcome MDR.

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Kosuke Funato

Assistant Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Molecular and cellular mechanisms of brain tumors; oncohistone mutations; human ES cell-based tumor modeling; tumor heterogeneity and evolution

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David Garfinkel

Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Retrovirus-like transposons in budding yeast, control of transposition, restriction factors.

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Mary Goll

Associate 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; Neuroscience

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

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Gerald W. Hart

Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Eminent Scholar in Drug Discovery;
Complex Carbohydrate Research Center

Nutrient Regulation of Signaling and Transcription: Mechanisms Underlying Diabetes, Neurodegeneration and Cancer

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Shelly Hooks

Associate Professor
Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences; Neuroscience

G-protein coupled receptors, molecular pharmacology, signal transduction, ovarian cancer, neural 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. Evolution and classification of glycoenzymes.

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Lohitash Karumbaiah

Assistant Professor
Neuroscience

Developing Translational Glycomaterials for Neural Tissue Repair and Neural Interfacing.

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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 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; Neuroscience

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
Georgia Athletic Association Professor in Complex Carbohydrate Research
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Plant Biology

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

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Kelley Moremen

Distinguished Research 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
UGA Cancer Center Director
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

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

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James 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.

Professor
Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Scholar
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Neuroscience

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

Distinguished Research Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Neuroscience

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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Ryan Weiss

Assistant Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Complex Carbohydrate Research Center

Investigating the regulatory mechanisms of glycosylation using genomic, chemical, and genetic approaches with particular focus on the discovery of novel drugs and targets to treat human diseases.

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Lance Wells

Professor, Georgia Research Alliance Distinguished Investigator
ILS Director
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Complex Carbohydrate Research Center

Role of protein glycosylation in intellectual disability, congenital muscular dystrophy, cancer, and viral infection.

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Zachary Wood

Associate Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

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

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Robert Woods

Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

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

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Jin Xie

Associate Professor
Chemistry

Nanoparticle-based imaging and drug delivery; radiation therapy and photodynamic therapy

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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; Toxicology

Transport, micronutrient, hypoxia, cancer.

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Shaying Zhao

Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Bioinformatics

Cancer genomics; human junk DNA; genomic instability.

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Y. George Zheng

Professor
Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Scholar
Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences

Drug Development, Chemical Biology, Cancer Disease Mechanism, Epigenetics and Genetics, Histone Modifications, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Enzymology, and Biophysics.

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