Rutgers Cancer Institute research member Wei-Xing Zong, PhD, a professor of chemical biology at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers University, has been named as a program co-leader of the Cancer Metabolism and Growth Program.
The other program co-leader is Rutgers Cancer Institute Deputy Director and Associate Director for Basic Science Eileen White, PhD, a distinguished professor of molecular biology and biochemistry in the School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University.
The program focuses on defining the mechanisms by which cancer cells alter metabolism to promote their growth and on developing therapeutic interventions targeting metabolism for cancer therapy.
Rutgers Cancer Institute resident member Zhiyuan Shen, MD, PhD, professor of radiation oncology and pharmacology is the other co-leader of this program.
This program aims to identify and exploit defects in DNA repair in cancer and determine how the resulting genomic alterations facilitate tumor progression and can guide therapy.
Rutgers Cancer Institute epidemiologist Elisa V. Bandera, MD, PhD, professor of epidemiology at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Rutgers School of Public Health, has been named as a co-leader to the Cancer Prevention and Control Program.
Sharon Manne, PhD, Associate Director for Population Science and professor of medicine at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, is the other co-leader of the program.
Dr. Bandera will focus on developing population-based research that fosters collaborative, multidisciplinary and translational research to reduce the burden of cancer and improve the quality of life for cancer patients, survivors and for those at risk of developing cancer.
Bandera also was just nominated and accepted to be a member of the National Institutes of Health Cancer, Heart and Sleep Epidemiology Study Section (Panel B).
Other programs in the research area are the Clinical Investigations and Precision Therapeutics Program and the Cancer Pharmacology Research Program.
The Clinical Investigations and Precision Therapeutics Program is led by Rutgers Cancer Institute Associate Director for Clinical Science and Chief Surgical Officer Howard L. Kaufman, MD, FACS, professor of surgery and professor of medicine at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School; and Rutgers Cancer Institute Associate Director for Translational Science Shridar Ganesan, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine and pharmacology at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
The aim of this program is to develop and validate therapeutic approaches targeting the survival of cancer cells and how they develop and multiply.
The Cancer Pharmacology Research Program highlights the discovery, design, and development of new anti-cancer agents.
Stephen K. Burley, MD, DPhil, a distinguished professor of chemistry and chemical biology in the School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University, serves as program co-leader along with X.F. Steven Zheng, PhD, a university professor of pharmacology at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
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