Department of Cancer Biology

Department of Cancer Biology Faculty Profiles

Primary Faculty

 Ivana de la Serna, Ph.D.

Ivana de la Serna, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Epigenetics, Chromatin remodeling, Melanocyte development, Pigmentation, Melanoma

 Kathryn M. Eisenmann, Ph.D.

Kathryn Eisenmann, Ph.D.

Associate Professor  
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 2000



zizheng dong, Ph.D.

Research Associate Professor
Translational regulation of gene expression in tumorigenesis

 Saori Furuta, Ph.D.

Saori Furuta, Ph.D.

Associate Professor  
Tumor microenvironment, Breast cancer, Immuno-Oncology, Metabolism and microbiome

 Xiaohong Li

Xiaohong Li, Ph.D.

Associate Professor 
Director, Biomedical Sciences Program Cancer Biology track 
Tumor Microenvironment in Cancer Metastasis, Dormancy and Drug Resistance

 shi-he liu

Shi-He, Liu, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Exosome engineering, Tumor and tumor microenvironment , Targeting drug delivery for efficient PDAC therapies/diagnosis

 Dayanidhi Raman, B.V.Sc., Ph.D.

Dayanidhi Raman, B.V.Sc., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Cancer stemness, Cancer metastasis, Drug resistance, Combination  chemotherapy, Immune checkpoint blockade, Novel drug analogs

 Kuo-Hui Su

Kuo-Hui Su, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Pancreatic cancer, Proteotoxic stress response, Lipid metabolism, Autophagy

 Kam C. Yeung, Ph.D.

Kam C. Yeung, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Cancer signaling, GEM models for breast cancer, Mitotic check point control

 Jian-Ting Zhang, Ph.D.

Jian-Ting Zhang, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair
McMaster Endowed Chair of Biochemistry and Cancer Biology
Drug resistance, Drug discovery, Translational control, DNA repair


Yue Zou, Ph.D.

DNA Repair, DNA damage response, Oncogenesis, Cancer chemotherapeutics, and Drug resistance

JOINT Faculty

Paul W. Erhardt, Ph.D.

Paul W. Erhardt, Ph.D.

Director, Center for Drug Design & Development
Professor, Medicinal & Biological Chemistry
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 1974

 jingyuan liu

Jasmine JingYuan Liu, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Medicine & Bioengineering
Computational biology & bioinformatics, Structure based drug discovery/design, Drug resistance, Drug repurpose, Protein dynamics & function, X-Ray Crystallography, Biological Small Angle X-Ray Scattering

 nagalakshmi nadiminty

Nagalakshmi Nadiminty, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Urology & Cancer Biology
Director of Academic Research, Dept. of Urology
Target discovery and Targeted therapeutics for urologic malignancies, Drug Resistance

 Amit Tiwari  

Amit K. Tiwari, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Dept. of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
Associate Professor, College of Medicine and Life Sciences College of Medicine & Life Sciences
Development of multidrug resistance and Therapeutic approaches to overcome MDR

Robert J. Trumbly, Ph.D.

Robert J. Trumbly, Ph.D.

Director of Block 1, Medical Curriculum
Department of Medical Education
University of California, Davis, 1980

 james willey

James C. Willey, M.D.

Professor of Medicine and Pathology
George Isaac Chair in Cancer Biology
Director of Cancer Research Center
Medical College of Ohio, 1978
Deborah Vestal, Ph.D.

Deborah Vestal, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences
Ph.D., Syracuse University, 1988

Emeritus Faculty

Associate Dean for Graduate Education

Kandace J. Williams, Ph.D.

Kandace J. Williams, Ph.D.

Senior Associate Dean for College of Medicine & Life Sciences Graduate 
Professor of Cancer Biology
Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, 1987

Volunteer Faculty

Maurice Manning, Ph.D., D.Sc.

Maurice Manning, Ph.D., D.Sc.

Distinguished University Professor 
University of London, 1961
Ombudsman, The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences

Last Updated: 11/10/21