More than 1.5 million cancers will be diagnosed in the US in 2011, 45,000 in North Carolina alone, and more than 0.5 million patients will succumb to their cancers this year. The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 75-80% of human cancer cases and deaths are caused directly by environmental and lifestyle factors, such as tobacco use, sunlight and toxicant exposure, obesity, and poor nutrition. The Cancer Research Initiative brings together eight experts in cell signaling, carcinogenesis, cell-cycle control, stem cell biology, oncogenes and tumor-suppressor genes, and cancer genetics, from six departments and three colleges. This initiative is led by Dr. Jonathan Horowitz, PhD an Associate Professor in the Department of Molecular Biomedical Sciences.
Matthew Breen, PhD Professor, Department of Molecular Biomedical Sciences
Jason Haugh, PhD Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Yongbaek Kim, DVM, PhD Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health and Pathobiology
Carla Mattos, PhD Professor, Department of Molecular and Structural Biochemistry
Marcelo Rodriguez-Puebla, PhD Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Biomedical Sciences
Robert Smart, PhD Professor, Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology
David Threadgill, PhD Professor and Head, Department of Genetics