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Department:
Anatomy & Cell Biology
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Last Updated
6/19/2019 7:44:54 AM
Research Description
Her research interests include several areas: (1) transcriptional and epigenetic control in immune response and anti-tumor immune therapies; (2) autoimmune diseases, including multiple sclerosis and inflammatory bowel disease; (3) cellular transformation in colon cancer and the impact of immune response and microbiota; (4) ubiquitin ligases in colon cancer; (5) ubiquitin ligases in immune response and their therapeutic use in autoimmunity. Her work has an important impact in development of immune therapies in cancer and treatments of autoimmune disorders.
Department:
Pediatrics
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Last Updated
10/25/2017
Research Description
Sumita Bhaduri-McIntosh is a physician-scientist whose research bridges the fields of Virology, Oncology and Immunology. Research in the Bhaduri laboratory is focused on discovering fundamental biological pathways and understanding cancer development and progression by studying the interaction between Epstein-Barr virus (EBV; a cancer-causing herpesvirus) and its host, the B cell, by investigating two main areas: 1) investigating how EBV subverts anti-pathogen and anti-cancer barriers such as immune responses and the DNA-damage response (DDR) to drive B cell proliferation and transformation, and 2) identifying host factors that determine susceptibility of EBV-infected B cells to lytic activation, a process important for herpesvirus pathology and persistence in humans, and for lymphomagenesis.
Department:
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
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Last Updated
7/15/2019 2:02:48 PM
Research Description
Biochemistry of DNA replication and repair; dynamic protein DNA interactions and enzyme mechanisms required for these processes.
Department:
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
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Last Updated
6/20/2019
Research Description
The overarching focus of our work is the study of how cells maintain genomic homeostasis and how alterations in the genome and epigenome impact the process of tumorigenesis.
Department:
Medicine
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No
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Last Updated
6/25/2019
Research Description
Characterize the immune suppressor mehanisms involved in the develeopment of HCC in the background of cirrhosis to identify novel targets that can lead to development of new immune activating strategies and/or prognostic and predictive immune biomarkers.
Department:
Pathology, Immunology & Laboratory Medicine
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Last Updated
6/19/2019 12:07:02 PM
Research Description
My laboratory is examining mechanisms for loss of human beta cells in type 1 diabetes and ways to regenerate functional beta cell mass. We are also examining the mechanisms underlying a smaller pancreas size in at risk first degree relatives and patients with type 1 diabetes. Studies are conducted using human biospecimens, isolated islets, mouse models (transgenic and AAV-injected) and beta cell lines with experiments focused on the role of neurotransmitters and neurohormones in beta cell regeneration and gene expression within endocrine and exocrine cells. Techniques include IHC, ISH, laser microdissection, optical clearing, microscopy (brightfield, fluorescence, confocal, lightsheet), in vitro cell proliferation/apoptosis, transfection, RNA and RNAseq analysis, Western blot, and other molecular biology techniques.
Department:
Oral Surgery
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No
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Last Updated
6/11/2018 1:01:02 PM
Research Description
Molecular processes that lead to the establishment of chronic pain; alterations in function of the N-Methyl-D-Aspartate (NMDA) receptor and vanilloid receptor as a result of persistent peripheral stimulation.
Department:
Oral Biology
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No
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Last Updated
6/21/2019 1:09:57 PM
Research Description
The current research projects are 1) studies of microRNAs in the regulation of toll-like receptor signaling pathways in innate immune response and their relationship to autoimmune diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus and periodontal disease; 2) oral cancer pathogenesis and development of immunotherapy for these cancers.
Department:
Molecular Genetics & Microbiology
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No
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Yes
Last Updated
6/20/2019 12:04:53 PM
Research Description
Development of novel gene transfer tools, small animal models for the study of HIV and cancer, vaccines and immuno-therapeutic strategies for these diseases.
Department:
Medicine
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Yes
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Yes
Last Updated
7/3/2019 2:58:49 PM
Research Description
The Cogle Research Group is focused on clinical and laboratory research in stem cells and cancer. Projects include: (a) identification of novel agents & pathways for treatment of blood cancers, (b) using genomics to understand origins of blood cancers, (c) using genomics to understand drug response, discover new biomarkers and identify new drugs for treatment of patients with blood cancers.
Department:
Anatomy & Cell Biology
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Yes
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Last Updated
6/20/2019
Research Description
mechanisms of prostate and kidney cancer growth and metastasis, vesicle trafficking.
Department:
Oral Biology
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Yes
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Yes
Last Updated
7/5/2019 9:20:45 AM
Research Description
The primary goal of the human microbiome project is to increase our understanding of the structure and function of our microbiota and to elucidate their role in health and predisposition to disease. One of the best-understood human-associated microbial systems is the oral microbiome. The Davey lab uses a combination of molecular genetics, bacterial physiology, and biochemical techniques to study the oral microbiome. In particular, we are focused on the regulator mechanisms (environmental and interspecies signals) that control the pathogenic state of the oral anaerobe, Porphyromonas gingivalis.
Department:
Oral Biology
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No
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Yes
Last Updated
7/24/2019
Research Description
Molecular mechanisms of periodontal diseases. Oral microbiome-host interactions Metatranscriptome of the oral microbiome in health and disease
Department:
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
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No
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Yes
Last Updated
6/25/2019 9:03:36 AM
Research Description
Over the last five years, my lab has explored the function of carbonic anhydrase IX (CAIX) expression and activity in breast cancer. We hypothesize that CAIX is involved in regulating extracellular pH to the advantage of tumor cells.
Department:
Pathology, Immunology & Laboratory Medicine
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No
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Yes
Last Updated
6/19/2019 12:37:53 PM
Research Description
His main research interests are the development of new mass spectrometry technologies for clinical applications such as metabolomics and imaging mass spectrometry applied to biomedical applications. A major goal is to train the next generation of bioanalytical scientists in translational research.
Department:
Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation
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No
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Yes
Last Updated
6/19/2019
Research Description
Vector development and gene delivery approaches for the treatment and repair of musculoskeletal disorders, including osteoarthritis and cancer. Mechanisms driving intra-tumoral heterogeneity, immune evasion, metastasis and chemotherapy resistance in sarcoma.
Department:
Neuroscience
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No
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No
Last Updated
6/22/2015
Research Description
Pathogenesis and treatment of Alzheimers and other Neurodegenerative disease
Department:
Pharmacology & Therapeutics
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Yes
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Yes
Last Updated
6/19/2019
Research Description
Our laboratory studies the interplay between epigenetics and chromatin organization in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and in pre-leukemic conditions. We use biochemistry, cell-based assays, -omics approaches, and genetic in vivo models to understand the molecular mechanisms that drive pre-leukemic clonal evolution and lead to malignant transformation. Our goal is to find and evaluate therapies that will help cancer patients.
Department:
Pharmacology & Therapeutics
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Yes
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Last Updated
6/21/2019 2:00:38 PM
Research Description
Brain tumor immunotherapy. Chemokines and chemokine receptors in glioma. Focus on glioblastoma and pharmacological targeting using pre-clinical animal models
Department:
Medicine
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No
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Yes
Last Updated
7/8/2019 1:44:54 PM
Research Description
Dr. Heldermon's primary focus is on developing new therapeutic strategies using gene therapy and stem cell therapy for patients with inherited diseases such as lysosomal storage disorders and hemophilias. He is focused on studying the frequent cell transfer between mother and fetus during gestation that establish microchimerism and is determining ways to modulate the level of this chimerism to enable therapy of disease. Through the use of gene replacement, he hopes to correct the underlying deficiencies underpinning the disease manifestations. • Additionally he is studying the spread of breast malignancies through the use of xenografting. By studying the spread of tumors from breast cancer patients in mice, he hopes to determine if metastases is determined by tumor specific or host factors. This model will allow identification of what factors are important in tumor spread and localization. Additionally, the model will allow testing of therapeutic agents. The goal is to identify new targets for therapy to personalize oncologic therapeutics.
Department:
Physical Therapy
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No
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Yes
Last Updated
6/20/2019
Research Description
Dr. Hepple leads a lab focused upon understanding the mechanisms of skeletal muscle atrophy in aging and age-related diseases, with a particular focus on the role of the mitochondrion. The lab employs a wide range of techniques, from cutting-edge mitochondrial function ex vivo in small muscle bundles to confocal microscopy for assessing the detailed structure of the muscle endplate, and complements these measures with current molecular biology techniques. Dr. Hepple employs studies in cell culture, rodent models and clinical populations in his work.
Department:
Anatomy & Cell Biology
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No
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No
Last Updated
6/20/2019
Research Description
Research in the Huang lab is concentrated on elucidating molecular mechanisms associated with breast and ovarian cancer metastasis.
Department:
Anatomy & Cell Biology
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No
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Yes
Last Updated
6/24/2019 9:52:19 AM
Research Description
Chemoresistance in breast and prostate cancer, Nuclear Structure and Function, Epigenetic Regulation of Gene Expression. tumor Suppression
Department:
Molecular Genetics & Microbiology
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No
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No
Last Updated
6/19/2019 1:37:13 PM
Research Description
Molecular mechanisms of host-pathogen interactions; virulence mechanism of Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection and development of antimicrobial strategies; Cellular reprogramming and genome editing
Department:
Medicine
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Yes
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Yes
Last Updated
7/11/2019
Research Description
Dr. Jobin is interested in bacteria/host interactions and ensuring innate/immunological responses during health and diseases. The intestine poses an interesting conundrum – it must peacefully cohabit with a sea of commensal bacteria (~100 trillion) and a high load of bacterial products, but swiftly respond to the presence of pathogenic micro-organisms that threaten its integrity. A major clinical consequence of deregulated bacteria/host interaction in the intestine is the development of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) and colorectal cancer. Using mice and zebrafish housed in germ-free and gnotobiotic conditions, microbiome techniques (next-generation sequencing, microbial gene mutations, microbial RNA-sequence, etc.), Dr. Jobin studies the differential contribution of bacteria in protecting or exacerbating development of colitis and colorectal cancer. Dr. Jobin has contributed to the understanding of the cellular and molecular mechanism regulating host response to bacterial colonization, and has published numerous papers on innate signaling events taking place in the intestine and how these impact intestinal homeostasis.
Department:
Physical Therapy
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No
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No
Last Updated
7/5/2019 1:31:54 PM
Research Description
Exploration of the molecular mechanisms that cause cancer-associated skeletal muscle wasting and weakness, using cell based models, rodent models and patient biopsies
Department:
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
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No
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No
Last Updated
6/19/2019 9:44:16 AM
Research Description
Mammalian cell culture systems. Epigenetic regulation of transcription; chromatin structure and function; epigenetic silencing of tumor suppressor genes in cancer; single-molecule analysis of chromatin structure
Department:
Pathology, Immunology & Laboratory Medicine
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No
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Research Description
Breast cancer research, inflammation, obesity, cancer immunology
Department:
Urology
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Yes
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Last Updated
6/19/2019 10:44:30 AM
Research Description
Our research is focused on tumor immunology, including immunotherapy and mechanisms of immune escape in urologic cancers (bladder, prostate) in both clinical and experimental settings.
Department:
Pharmacology & Therapeutics
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No
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Last Updated
6/19/2019 1:13:18 PM
Research Description
Our research focuses on the roles of the CUB Domain-Containing Protein 1 (CDCP1) protein which facilitates the invasion, survival, and metastasis of breast tumors, and the TRAIL/Death Receptor 5 (DR5) pathway that selectively kills cancer cells. We are investigating therapeutic strategies for blocking the oncogenic functions of CDCP1, and have identified a novel class of agents that activate DR5 to kill cancer cells by promoting disulfide bond-dependent DR5 clustering and downstream activation of the pro-apoptotic Caspase enzymes.
Department:
Anatomy & Cell Biology
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No
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Yes
Last Updated
6/11/2018 1:15:25 PM
Research Description
Cancer epigenetics focusing on enzymes (KATs and HDACs) that regulate protein acetylation using molecular, cellular and chemical biology approaches. We are also interested in discovering and optimizing small-molecule inhibitors of these enzymes for cancer therapy. Cancer metabolism is another area of research interest.
Department:
Medicine
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Yes
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Last Updated
6/26/2017
Research Description
Jonathan D. Licht, MD, is the Director of the University of Florida Health Cancer Center, Dr. Licht's laboratory studies aberrant epigenetics and gene regulation as a cause of hematological and other malignancies
Department:
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
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No
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Last Updated
6/21/2019 1:10:27 PM
Research Description
Epigenetic and metabolic regulation of tumor progression.
Department:
Medicinal Chemistry
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No
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Last Updated
6/26/2017
Research Description
Dr. Luesch’s multidisciplinary research program at the interface of chemistry and biology combines classical natural products chemistry with high-throughput screening and chemical genomics. It involves most aspects of drug discovery ranging from the collection of promising marine organisms, bioassay development, NMR spectroscopic structure determination, total synthesis, mechanism-of-action studies, and pharmacology, up to the preclinical and clinical development of candidate molecules. His lab is producing a small but increasing pipeline of bioactive compounds that are at various developmental stages. He also uses functional genomics approaches to identify and characterize genes associated with disease processes, especially cancer and neurological disorders.
Department:
Infectious Diseases and Pathology
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No
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No
Last Updated
7/8/2019 11:07:30 AM
Research Description
Host and viral protein interactions relevant to therapeutic and vaccine development, Retrovirus vector for gene transfer based on foamy virus.
Department:
Vet Med- Research
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No
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No
Last Updated
6/20/2019
Research Description
Osteosarcoma; Melanoma vaccine; Stereotactic radiosurgery; Targeted radiotherapy; Tumor suppressor genes; single cell genomics
Department:
Neurosurgery
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No
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No
Last Updated
7/9/2019
Research Description
Immunotherapy of adult and pediatric brain tumors. Mechanisms of resistance in brain tumors to immunologic rejection. Combinatorial therapeutics involving chemotherapy, radiation, and immunotherapy
Department:
Anatomy & Cell Biology
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No
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Yes
Last Updated
6/24/2019 12:49:46 PM
Research Description
Development of novel therapy for colorectal and breast cancers.
Department:
Anatomy & Cell Biology
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Yes
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Yes
Last Updated
6/19/2019
Research Description
Cytosine methylation is a heritable epigenetic modification affecting gene transcription and the integrity of the genome. In human malignancies, aberrant DNA methylation is the most commonly observed epimutation, often manifested by promoter hypermethylation of tumor suppressor genes and hypomethylation of intergenic non-coding regions. The DNA methyltransferases (DNMTs) DNMT1, DNMT3A, and DNMT3B are the enzymes primarily responsible for methylation of CpG dinucleotides in mammalian DNA. Mutations in the coding sequence of DNMT3A are frequently found in human hematologic malignancies indicating that decreased DNMT3A activity may promote tumorigenesis in multiple hematopoietic lineages. Using targeted inactivation of Dnmt3a in mice Opavsky lab showed that Dnmt3a plays a tumor suppressor role in prevention of chronic B-cell lymphocytic leukemia, peripheral T cell lymphoma and myeloproliferative disease. Furthermore, Dnmt3b is a tumor suppressor gene in prevention of MYC-induced T cell lymphomas. Promoter hypomethylation accompanied by increased gene expression was found to be a frequent event in both mouse and human hematologic malignancies.
Department:
Pathology, Immunology & Laboratory Medicine
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No
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Yes
Last Updated
7/8/2019 2:17:26 PM
Research Description
Immunological regulation by T cells; structural interactions between ligand pairs linked to T cell interaction as defined by X-ray crystallography and functional studies.
Department:
Oral Biology
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Yes
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Yes
Last Updated
6/20/2019
Research Description
The Papp laboratory focuses on discovering critical genome-wide molecular mechanisms that control the identity of cells. Cell identity changes naturally during development and during regeneration. However, deregulation of cellular identity can cause diseases such as developmental disorders and cancer. By defining the critical transcription factors, epigenetic regulators and signaling pathway circuits that control the cell fate changes, we may be able to pinpoint novel targets for therapies. To this end, we apply state-of-the-art genomics approaches, single-cell imaging methods, functional genetics and biochemical approaches in various mouse and human cell types. Our approach is to (i) first perform an unbiased genome-wide study in order to (ii) identify key regulators of the complex process, (iii) which are then explored by functional studies leading to detailed mechanistic models.

Zhijian Qian, Ph.D.

Department:
Medicine
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Yes
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Last Updated
6/21/2019
Research Description
The long-term goal of my research is to understand the mechanisms that underlie the development of blood cancer with a focus on studying the genetic pathways that control the proliferation, survival and self-renewal of normal or leukemic hematopoietic stem cells. The current main research focuses: 1. Molecular regulation of normal hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) and its leukemic transformation 2. The role of the Wnt/ß-catenin signaling in the development and maintenance of myeloid neoplasms 3. Transcriptional, epigenetic and epitranscriptome regulation of normal hematopoiesis and leukemogenesis 4. Development of targeted therapies for myeloid malignant diseases
Department:
Anatomy & Cell Biology
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Yes
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Yes
Last Updated
6/11/2018 1:46:35 PM
Research Description
Structure and function of Histone deacetylases, and their roles in gene regulation and cancer.
Department:
Molecular Genetics & Microbiology
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Yes
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No
Last Updated
6/12/2017 12:19:16 PM
Research Description
Biology of Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV); role of latency-associated nuclear antigen (LANA) in transcriptional regulation, viral DNA replication, and episomal segregation in latently-infected cells; role of virus-encoded micro RNAs.
Department:
Neurosurgery
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No
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Yes
Last Updated
6/15/2017 3:42:28 PM
Research Description
Characterization and manipulation of adult neural stem cells.
Department:
Pharmacology & Therapeutics
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No
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No
Last Updated
6/15/2017
Research Description
Topoisomerases; cancer and microbial chemotherapy; mitochondrial DNA; chromatin structure. Malaria, plastid/organellar DNA and anti-malarial drugs.
Department:
Physiology & Functional Genomics
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No
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Yes
Last Updated
6/26/2019 2:06:21 PM
Research Description
Cellular and biochemical mechanisms by which G protein-coupled receptors activate physiologically important tyrosine kinase signaling pathways.
Department:
Neurosurgery
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No
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Yes
Last Updated
6/12/2017
Research Description
Current interests include developing innovative immunotherapeutics for pediatric tumors and invasive central nervous system malignancies. Dr. Sayour’s main focus is deeply rooted in harnessing the immune system to eradicate pediatric cancers. He has received several extramural grants to support his research efforts including the Hyundai Hope on Wheels Hope Award, ASPHO Young Investigator Award, and the American Brain Tumor Association Discovery Award. Dr. Sayour has been involved in translating bench work into clinical trials governing the development of dendritic cell vaccines with adoptively transferred cytotoxic T cells against recurrent medulloblastoma. He has also started an integrative pediatric immunotherapy working group at UF that includes surgeons, clinicians, veterinarians, and pre-clinical scientists working to advance novel directed therapeutics against refractory malignancies. Their goals are to identify novel antigen targets and construct robust immunotherapeutic treatments against these malignancies.
Department:
Pharmaceutics
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No
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Yes
Last Updated
6/28/2018
Research Description
Dr. Schmittgen's research focuses on noncoding RNAs and cancer, with emphasis on the use of microRNAs as therapeutic or diagnostic agents. A paper he co-authored in 2001 describing the relative method of gene quantification has been cited over 36,000 times and was recently ranked by the international journal Nature as the 21st most-cited scientific article of all time. His lab was the first to establish a link between altered microRNA expression in pancreatic cancer and the intellectual property resulting from this work is the basis of the product miRInform Pancreas™, a biomarker of early pancreatic cancer development. Recently, he has focused his attention on the development of microvesicles as targeted drug delivery systems for the treatment of cancer.
Department:
Radiation Oncology
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No
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No
Last Updated
6/19/2019 2:11:20 PM
Research Description
Our research laboratory seeks to improve cancer therapies through molecular targeting strategies and physiologic interventions such as exercise. A primary focus is the tumor microenvironment which not only influences treatment resistance of cancer to conventional anticancer therapies but also plays a critical role in neoplastic cell initiation, malignant progression, and metastatic spread to secondary sites.
Department:
Chemistry
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No
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Yes
Last Updated
6/11/2018 2:04:06 PM
Research Description
Molecular Medicine; Nanomedicine; Chemical Biology; Bioanalytical chemistry; Biomedical Engineering
Department:
Surgery
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Yes
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No
Last Updated
5/24/2019
Research Description
The lab of Dr. Thomas currently investigates the role of the microbiome in pancreatic carcinogenesis. They were one of the first labs to identify that the intestinal microbiota can accelerate pancreatic cancer progression. Dr. Thomas is a board-certified surgical oncologist who brings clinical and basic science expertise to his research work. Currently the lab is exploring how the microbiota accelerates pancreatic carcinogenesis through modulation of the host immune system. Additionally, they have interest and preliminary data on how diet alters the microbiome to alter pancreatic carcinogenesis as well microbial interactions with chemotherapy that limit its effectiveness in treating this deadly disease.
Department:
Molecular Genetics & Microbiology
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No
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No
Last Updated
6/20/2019 9:14:06 AM
Research Description
Pathogenesis of oncogenic viruses, virus-host interactions, host immunity to viruses, viral latency, viral noncoding RNAs.
Department:
Surgery
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No
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Yes
Last Updated
7/15/2019
Research Description
His research interests include pancreatic cancer biology, tumor signaling and chemoresistance. Dr. Trevino currently is investigating how pancreas cancer resists current chemotherapeutic strategies. He has discovered that exposure to nicotine, the addictive component of tobacco smoke, may contribute to pancreatic cancer resistance to chemotherapy by potentially increasing expression levels of certain oncoprotients, such as Src, a non-receptor tyrosine kinase and inhibitor of differentiation-1(Id-1), all of which have been demonstrated to contribute to pancreatic cancer tumor progression. This work, as well as other projects he is involved in, may lead to new treatment strategies against pancreatic cancer.
Department:
Molecular Genetics & Microbiology
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No
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No
Last Updated
6/20/2019
Research Description
Mutation and analysis of human disease and susceptibility genes.
Department:
Molecular Genetics & Microbiology
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Yes
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Yes
Last Updated
6/24/2019 8:49:14 AM
Research Description
We are studying cancer cell signaling with expertise in signal transduction, genetic and epigenetic regulation, and animal models. Our current laboratory research is centered on two families of transcriptional co-activators, MAML and CRTC, which are essential components of Notch receptor signaling and LKB1-CRTC/CREB signaling pathways, respectively. We are investigating the molecular regulation and the roles of deregulated cell signaling in cancer generation and progression, with the goal of gaining molecular insights into cancer pathogenesis and identifying novel cancer diagnostic and therapeutic targets.
Department:
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
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Yes
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Yes
Last Updated
6/19/2019
Research Description
The Xie Lab’s research interest is to decipher biogenesis pathways that generate RNAs essential for gene expression in metazoans and associated Herpesviruses. Our current focus is on microRNAs, small non-coding RNA molecules that control the function of other genes. In the near future, we will integrate approaches from biochemistry, cell biology, virology and bioinformatics to study viral and cellular non-canonical microRNA biogenesis pathways, which surprisingly incorporate several fundamental cellular machineries involved in processing other classes of RNAs. Our efforts will provide a better basis for developing novel therapeutics that alter microRNA levels to combat a variety of diseases, including Herpesvirus-induced malignancies and other cancers.
Department:
Anatomy & Cell Biology
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Yes
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Yes
Last Updated
7/8/2019 11:49:55 AM
Research Description
Mechanism of oncogenic transformation. Cooperation of oncogenes and suppressor genes in cancer development. Genetically engineered mice models for cancer. Targeted therapeutics in pancreatic and lung cancer models.
Department:
Pathology, Immunology & Laboratory Medicine
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Yes
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No
Last Updated
6/20/2019
Research Description
Primary research interest focuses on the pathogenesis and therapy of breast cancer. The Zhang Lab studies the dynamic interactions between cancer cells and various tumor microenvironment components especially immune cells during the pathogenesis of breast cancer. The goals are to provide strong rationale for novel target identification, novel drug development, and/or formulation of novel treatment regimens for breast cancer patients. In addition, the Lab has broader interest in other cancer types including renal cancer. The lab has been establishing the immune landscaping of renal clear cell carcinomas (RCC) using single cell RNA sequencing/bioinformatics. This leads to several novel discoveries that may explain the sensitivity of RCC to immunotherapy.
Department:
Pharmacodynamics
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Yes
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Yes
Last Updated
6/19/2019
Research Description
Dr. Zhou’s research has been focused on investigation ofthe long-term effects of genotoxic stress/DNA damage induced by ionizing radiation (IR) and chemotherapy on hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) self-renewal and genomic stability; and the role of HSC injury in IR- and chemotherapy-induced long-term bone marrow suppression and leukemogenesis. His studies has led to a better understanding of the cellular and molecular mechanisms by which IR and chemotherapy cause normal tissue damage and the discovery of the first potent and broad-spectrum senolytic drug, ABT263-a specific Bcl-2/xl inhibitor, that can selectively kill senescent cells to rejuvenate both prematurely senescent tissue stem cells induced by IR and tissue stem cells in normally aged mice. This discovery may lead to new therapeutics for various age-related diseases and the side effects induced by chemotherapy and IR. More recently, he developed several proteolysis targeting chimeras (PROTACs) that can target Bcl-xl and other proteins of interest for degradation via the ubiquitination and proteasome system. He found that Bcl-xl PROTACs can selectively induce Bcl-xl degradation in senescent cells and various cancer cells but not in platelets, suggesting that Bcl-xl PROTACs have the potential to be developed as a better senolytic and anticancer agent than ABT263 by not causing thrombocytopenia. Using the PROTAC drug development platform, he is developing additional specific antitumor agents.
Department:
Molecular Genetics & Microbiology
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No
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Yes
Last Updated
7/5/2019
Research Description
Epigenetic regulation of stress-induced apoptosis. Role of pro-apoptotic response in innate immunity against virus infection. Bioinformatics and genomics.

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