The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

MCIBS - Cancer Biology Faculty

Faculty associated with the molecular medicine emphasis area of the MCIBS Graduate Degree Program at Penn State, and a summary of their research interests



Faculty are listed in alphabetical order by last name. To see more information about a faculty member, click on his/her name.

Pamela Giblin
Professor of Immunology

Regulation of cell-mediated immunity, hematopoiesis, receptor tyrosine kinases, cellular transformation.

Adam Glick
Professor of Molecular Toxicology and Carcinogenesis
Chair, Molecular Medicine Program
Associate Chair, Molecular Cellular and Integrative Biosciences

Molecular mechanisms and signaling pathways that regulate progression of squamous tumors from a benign to malignant phenotype.

Daniel Hayes
Associate Prof of Biomedical Engineering

The Hayes lab group focuses on biomaterials engineering for applications ranging from regenerative medicine to lab-on-a-chip technologies. The research efforts in these areas are materials centered with an emphasis on nanomaterials, macromolecules and composite structures. Ongoing efforts in the lab include the development of optically and magnetically modulated drug delivery systems, quasi 3D cell sheet culture systems, cell encapsulation and delivery materials and hybrid in situ polymerizing grafts/augments.

Mary Kennett
Professor, Veterinary & Biomedical Sciences
Director, Animal Resource Program

Zhi-Chun Lai
Professor of Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Chair, Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Cell and Developmental Biology

Signal Transduction, Growth Control, and Cancer Genetics

Joshua Lambert
Assistant Professor, Food Science

Xiaojun (Lance) Lian
Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Molecular Medicine

Kateryna Makova
Professor of Biology
Director, Center for Medical Genomics

Andrew Patterson
Director/Faculty Oversight, Metabolomics Core Facility (University Park)
Associate Professor of Molecular Toxicology

The Patterson lab is focused on understanding the host-metabolite-microbiome axis

Robert Paulson
Professor of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

The Paulson lab studies the mechanisms that regulate tissue regeneration with a focus on understanding the response to anemic and hypoxic stress

Gary Perdew
John T. and Paige S. Smith Professor in Agricultural Sciences

Biochemistry of heat shock protein complexes; role of 90 kDa heat shock protein in stabilization of other cytosolic proteins.

Jeffrey Peters
Distinguished Professor of Molecular Toxicology & Carcinogenesis

Roles of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs) in the regulation of homeostasis, toxicology, and carcinogenesis.

Sandeep Prabhu
Professor of Immunology and Molecular Toxicology

Molecular mechanisms by which bioactives such as selenium, omega-3 fatty acids, and other products of natural origin alter the host response and immune function in inflammation and cancer

Andrew Read
Director, Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics
Evan Pugh Professor of Biology and Entomology
Eberly Professor of Biotechnology

Joseph Reese
Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

UV resistance pathways in eukaryotes. Regulation of DNA damage inducible genes by chromatin. Role of a highly conserved RNA helicase in DNA damage resistance and viral pathogenesis.

Connie Jo Rogers
Assistant Professor and Occupant of the Broadhurst Career Development Professorship for the Study of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

Role of changes in energy balance and related nutritional factors on inflammation, immune regulation and cancer risk using both animal models and human subjects.

Lorraine Santy
Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Idan Shalev
Asst. Professor, Biobehavioral Health

Scott Showalter
Associate Professor of Chemistry

Biophysical Chemistry applied to solution NMR spectroscopy of partially disordered proteins. NMR studies of protein dynamics coupled with computational and theoretical studies of the coupling between nuclear spin relaxation and molecular motion.

Claire Thomas
Associate Professor of Biology and of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Yanming Wang
Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Epigenetic histone modifications in cell differentiation and cancer.

Siyang Zheng
Associate Professor of Bioengineering