OverviewWelcome to the Department of Biochemistry and Cancer Biology at the University of Toledo. The department is strongly committed to advancing the frontiers of medical science through high quality basic research programs. Our faculty members teach and mentor students who are admitted to an interdepartmental graduate program in Biomedical Sciences offering the Ph.D. or MS degree, with specialization in several distinct tracks, including Cancer Biology, Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disease, Neurosciences and Neurological Disorders, and Infection, Immunity and Transplantation. In addition, all of our faculty members participate in medical education through formal classroom teaching activities. We take pride in providing a collegial and supportive environment in which our students can interact closely with faculty mentors.
The modern research laboratories in the department are well-equipped to apply state-of-the-art technologies in biochemistry, cell biology and molecular genetics to a wide range of biological problems. Research teams led by the individual faculty include postdoctoral fellows, predoctoral students, and technical staff. Research interests currently represented in the department include: the control of tumor cell growth and cell death, intracellular signal transduction, protein trafficking, transport of vitamins and antimetabolites, development of viral vectors for gene therapy, regulation of gene expression in yeast and mammalian cells, development of novel peptide regulators of hormone receptors, mechanisms of DNA repair, and cancer chemoprevention. Because many of these research themes are related to the causes, progression and treatment of cancer, the department was recently renamed to reflect this emphasis.
In the coming year, the department will work closely with UT's interdisciplinary Cancer Center to expand cancer research efforts and recruit several new faculty. We invite you to explore our web site and contact us if you would like additional information about the educational opportunities or research programs.
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William A. Maltese, Ph.D.
Professor and Chairman