Mechanisms of Carcinogenesis

Program Members

Amin, Shantu, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Pharmacology, College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: Synthesis and mechanistic studies of chemical carcinogenesis and chemo-preventive agents
sga3@psu.edu

Bonneau, Robert, Ph.D.
Professor, Microbiology and Immunology, College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: Neuroendocrine effects on dendritic cell function, immune response to spontaneously occurring tumors
rbonneau@psu.edu

Cameron, Craig, Ph.D.
Paul Berg Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Eberly College of Science, UP 
Expertise: Function of hepatitis C virus nonstructural proteins, HCV antivirals
cec9@psu.edu

Christensen, Neil, Ph.D.
Professor, Pathology, College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: Papillomavirus epitopes, antibody generation and vaccine development, pathogenesis of papillomavirus infections
ndc1@psu.edu 

Chen, Kun-Ming, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: Development of novel agents and approaches for cancer  chemo-prevention and chemotherapy
kzc3@psu.edu

Craven, Rebecca, Ph.D.
Professor, Microbiology and Immunology, College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: Genetic and structural approaches to determine the function of the capsid protein in the retrovirus life cycle
rcraven@psu.edu

Das, Arunangshu, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: Tobacco carcinogenesis and chemoprevention, biomarker development
aud12@psu.edu

Desai, Dhimant, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology, College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: Synthesis and mechanisms of chemo-preventive agents
ddesai@psu.edu

Drabick, Joseph, M.D.
Professor, Medicine;  College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: Immunology, tumor vaccines, melanoma, sarcoma and GU malignancies
jdrabick@psu.edu

Du, Ping, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Medicine;  College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: Etiology of HPV - associated cancers
ping.du@psu.edu

Eckert, Kristin, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Pathology, College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: Mechanisms of DNA repair and replication fidelity in carcinogenesis
kae4@psu.edu

El-Bayoumy, Karam, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, College of Medicine, HY
Associate Director for Basic Research, Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute
Expertise: Mechanisms of chemical carcinogenesis and cancer chemo-preventive agents; biomarker development
kee2@psu.edu

Frisque, Richard, Ph.D.
Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Eberly College of Science, UP 
Expertise:Pathogenic and oncogenic mechanisms of human polyomaviruses
rjf6@psu.edu

Gallagher, Carla, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Public Health Sciences; College of Medicine, HY
Expertise:Population genetics and biochemistry, gene-environment interactions and cancer risk
cgallagher@hmc.psu.edu

Glick, Adam, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Science, College of Agricultural Science, UP
Expertise: Role of TGFß in skin carcinogenesis
abg11@psu.edu

Gowda, Krishne, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology, College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: Development of chemical carcinogens and novel therapeutic agents
kxg21@psu.edu

Hafenstein, Susan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Medicine; College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: Viral infectivity, tropism, evolution and pathogenicity; conformational Changes of the virus capsid, cryoEM
shafenstein@hmc.psu.edu

Hankey, Pamela, Ph.D.
Professor, veterinary and Biomedical Sciences; College of Agricultural Science, UP
Expertise: Cellular signaling and stress response pathways in early stages of leukemogenesis
phc7@psu.edu

Hu, Jianming, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Microbiology and Immunology; College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: Identification of novel targets that inhibit the hepatitis B virus life cycle and interrupt HPV persistence 
juh13@psu.edu

Irby, Rosalyn, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Medicine; College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: Signaling pathways in LGL leukemia
rirby@psu.edu

Kaag, Matthew, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Surgery; College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: Use of selenium in the prevention of prostate cancer; CTCs and metastatic prostate cancer
mkaag@hmc.psu.edu

Katman, Michael, M.D.
Professor, Medicine; College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: Identification of targets for next generation of HIV integrase inhibitors and small compounds that promote suicide of HIV DNA prior to integration
mkatzman@psu.edu

Kelleher, Shannon,  Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Nutritional Sciences; College of Health and Human Development, UP
Expertise: Molecular mechanisms responsible for zinc hyper-accumulation
slk39@psu.edu

Krzeminski, Jacek, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology, College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: Synthesis of carcinogens and metabolites
krzeminski@hmc.psu.edu

Lambert, Joshua, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Food Science, College of Agricultural Science, UP
Expertise: Mechanisms of cancer chemo-prevention by tea and its polyphenolic compounds
jdl134@psu.edu

Lukacher, Aron, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Microbiology and Immunology College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: Viral immunology and pathogenesis
alukacher@hmc.psu.edu

Mahony, Shaun, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Eberly College of Science, UP
Expertise: computational biology with a focus on developing machine-learning software for the analysis of gene regulatory systems
mahony@psu.edu

Manni, Andrea, M.D.
Professor Medicine/Endocrinology; College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: Breast cancer signaling and prevention
amanni@psu.edu

Mastro, Andrea, Ph.D.
Professor of Microbiology and Cell Biology, Eberly College of Science, UP
Expertise: Mechanisms of breast cancer metastasis to bone
a36@psu.edu

Meyers, Craig, Ph.D. - Program Leader
Distinguished Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: Use of differentiated human epithelia in raft cultures to study the life cycle of HPV, HPV - related cancers in rural PA, HPV and tobacco
cmeyers@psu.edu

Norbury, Christopher,  Ph.D.
Professor, Microbiology and Immunology; College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: Innate immune responses 
cnorbury@psu.edu

Omiecinski, Curtis, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Science, College of Agricultural Science, UP
Expertise: Role of epoxide hydrolase polymorphism in cancer susceptibility
cjo10@psu.edu

Parent, Leslie, M.D.
Professor, Medicine; College of Medicine, HY 
Expertise: Nuclear trafficking of the retroviral Gag protein, structural analysis of retroviral Gag protein in complex with RNA
lparent@psu.edu

Patterson, Andrew, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Science, College of Agricultural Science, UP
Expertise: metabolomics, hepatocellular carcinoma
adp117@psu.edu

Paulson, Robert, Ph.D.
Professor, Veterinary and Biomedical Science; College of Agricultural Science, UP
Expertise:  Understanding the early stages of leukemogenesis using the Friend leukemia virus model
rfp5@psu.edu

Perdew, Gary,Ph.D.
John and Paige Smith Professor, Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Science, College of Agricultural Science, UP
Expertise: Role of aryl hydrocarbon receptor in chemical carcinogenesis
ghp2@psu.edu

Peters, Jeffrey, Ph.D. - Program Leader
Distinguished Professor, Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Science, College of Agricultural Science, UP
Expertise: Effects of PPARa, ß/d, ¿ in carcinogenesis and chemo-prevention
jmp21@psu.edu

Prabhu, Sandeep, Ph.D.
Professor, Immunology and Molecular Toxicology, Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Science,  College of Agricultural Science, UP
Expertise: Inflammation and cancer chemo-prevention
ksp4@psu.edu

Prokopczyk, Bogdan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology, College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: Tobacco smoke, cervical and pancreatic cancers; biomarkers development
bup10@psu.edu

Richie, John, Ph.D.
Professor, Public Health Sciences; College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: Biomarkers to elucidate factors that regulate cancer risk in individuals and in populations
jrichie@psu.edu

Rogers, Connie, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Nutritional Sciences; College of Health and Human Development, UP
Expertise: Changes in energy balance and nutritional factors on inflammation, immune regulation and cancer risk.
cjr102@psu.edu

Sample, Clare, Ph.D.
Professor, Microbiology and Immunology; College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: Function of EBV proteins in B cell transformation
csample@hmc.psu.edu

Sample, Jeffery, Ph.D.
Professor, Microbiology and Immunology; College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: Function of EBV protein and the role of EBV in Burkitt lymphoma
jsample@hmc.psu.edu

Schell, Todd, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Microbiology and Immunology; College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: Mechanisms of T-cell based immunotherapy of tumors, clinical correlative immunological responses that result from cancer therapy in patients
tschell@psu.edu

Schetter, Susann, D.O.
Associate Professor, Radiology; College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: Breast density and imaging.
sschetter@hmc.psu.edu

Sharma, Arun, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology, College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: Chemical carcinogenesis and cancer prevention
aks14@psu.edu

Sinha, Raghu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: Mechanisms of cancer chemo-prevention by synthetic and naturally occurring agents
rus15@psu.edu

Song, Jianxun, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Microbiology and Immunology; College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: Co-stimulation in T lymphocyte memory, immune cell differentiation from induced pluripotent stem cells
jus35@psu.edu

Spratt, Thomas, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: Mechanisms of repair and fidelity of bulky DNA lesions derived from tobacco-specific carcinogenic nitrosamines
tes13@psu.edu

Vanamala, Jairam, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Food Science, College of Agricultural Science, UP
Expertise: Anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties of whole foods and role of gut bacteria in obesity and cancer
juv4@psu.edu

Vanden Heuvel, Jack, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, College of Agricultural Science, UP
Expertise: Role of nutrition and select dietary factors in inflammation and cancer
jpv2@psu.edu

Wang, Yanming,  Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Eberly College of Science, UP
Expertise: Epigenetic mechanisms underlying repression of tumor suppressor genes
yuw12@psu.edu

Wills, John,  Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor, Microbiology and Immunology; College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: Understanding dynamic events in the herpes virus tegument to provide new targets for disrupting assembly of human herpesviruses and thereby eliminating infection
jwills@psu.edu

Wilson, Robin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Public Health Sciences; College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: Molecular epidemiology of vitamin D and renal cell cancer
rwilson@psu.edu

Xiong, Na, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences; College of Agricultural Sciences, UP
Expertise: Development and function of innate lymphocytes
nux1@psu.edu

Yochum, Gregory, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: C-MYC gene expression and colon cancer
gsy3@psu.edu

Zheng, Hong, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Medicine; College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: Mechanisms of cancer immune-modulation and development of novel therapies for relapsed leukemia
hzheng@hmc.psu.edu