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The overall goals of the Molecular Oncology research program are to understand the fundamental cellular and molecular processes that contribute to cancer development and progression.

Normal cells have intricate molecular mechanisms that control essential phenotypes such as differentiation, cell division and movement. The molecular pathways that control these phenotypes are disrupted in cancer cells as a result of the expression of oncogenes and loss of regulatory tumor suppressor genes. These events, which are often highly specific to individual types of cancer, disrupt specific molecular pathways that result in uncontrolled cell growth and loss of normal responses to extracellular signaling cues that result in tumor development and progression.

The research interests of the program can be divided into three broad themes:

  • Cancer Genetics
  • Epigenetics
  • Chaperone Biology


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Nahid F. Mivechi, PHD

  • Co-Leader, Molecular Oncology and Biomarker Program
  • Professor


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Ali Arbab, MD, PHD

  • Professor


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Faizal Asumda, MD, MSC

  • Assistant Professor
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Babak Baban, PHD

  • Professor
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Ahmed Chadli, PHD

  • Associate Professor


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Waaqo Daddacha, PHD

  • Assistant Professor
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Zheng Dong, PHD

  • Professor
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Avirup Guha, MBBS, MPH

  • Assistant Professor
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Zoya Kurago, DDS

  • Professor
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Dawn Langley-Brady, PHD

  • Assistant Professor
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Vivian Lui, PHD

  • Associate Professor


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Huidong Shi, PHD

  • Professor


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Muthusamy Thangaraju, PHD

  • Associate Professor
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Chunhong Yan, PHD

  • Associate Professor


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