Faculty in this research area share a strong interest and broad expertise in molecular and clinical aspects of the prevention, development, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.  Some are clinicians treating pets at the Flint Animal Cancer Center and collaborating with the human medical field to translate research discoveries into new treatments for both people and animals. Others leverage molecular and genetic approaches to define the molecular mechanisms underlying genetic instability associated with cancer.  Nutrition and other environmental influences, particularly radiation, are also a major focus for cancer biology researchers in CMB.


J Lucas Argueso

J Lucas Argueso
Associate Professor (Environmental & Radiological Health Sciences)
Molecular mechanisms of Copy Number Variation (CNV) and other chromosomal rearrangements. Genomics of industrial yeast strains

Susan Bailey

Susan M. Bailey
Professor (Environmental & Radiology Health Sciences)
Role of dysfunctional telomeres in tumorigenesis.  NASA Twins Study.

Keara Boss
Associate Professor in the College of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Effects of radiation therapy and novel therapeutics in laboratory models and veterinary patients

Jean Chung
Assistant Professor College of Natural Sciences

Working to discover physical principles underlying biological processes through quantitative spectroscopic tools.

Jake (Jennifer) DeLuca Jennifer G. DeLuca
Professor (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)
Mechanisms of Mitotic Chromosome Segregation.

Steven DowSteven W. Dow
Professor (Microbiology, Immunology & Pathology and Clinical Sciences)
Developing new immunotherapies to treat cancer, including cancer vaccines, repurposed immunotherapy drugs, and checkpoint targeted immunotherapies. Rodent models, dog cancer clinical trials, and collaborative studies in human clinical trials.

Karen Dobos
Professor (Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology)
Her lab primarily uses biochemical approaches to study the physiology of microbial diseases. While she and her team are most known for their work in biomarker discovery and systems biology for Mycobacterium tuberculosis, they also actively work and collaborate to address novel questions around pathogen inactivation, vector-mycobacteria intersections, and pathogen/vector cryopreservation.

Dawn Duval Dawn L. Duval
Associate Professor (Clinical Sciences)
Molecular mechanisms of carcinogenesis and metastasis in osteosarcoma and breast cancer.

Nicole Ehrhart Nicole Ehrhart
Professor (Clinical Sciences)
Limb preservation; musculoskeletal sarcoma; orthopaedic oncology; bone regeneration, and tissue engineering.

Daniel Gustafson Daniel L. Gustafson
Professor (Clinical Sciences)
Cancer pharmacology, pharmacokinetics and toxicology.

Taka Kato

Takamitsu Kato
Associate Professor (Environmental & Radiological Health Sciences)
DNA damage and repair after environmental stress including ionizing radiation, ultraviolet light, heat, mutagenic and carcinogenic compounds.

Steven Markus Steven Markus
Assistant Professor (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)
Mechanisms regulating motor based transport in cells during mitosis

Jean Peccoud Jean Peccoud
Professor (Chemical & Biological Engineering)
Predictive models of the phenotype encoded in natural and synthetic DNA sequences.

Ashok Prasad
Professor (Chemical and Biological Engineering and School of Biomedical Engineering)

Mathematical and computational modeling of biological processes.

Dan Regan

Dan Regan
Assistant Professor (Microbiology, Immunology & Pathology)
Interplay between the immune system and tumor stroma.  Resistance to therapy.

Elizabeth RyanElizabeth Ryan
Professor (Environmental & Radiological Health Sciences)
Interactions of food components with gut microbiota and the immune system.

Sarah Swygert
Assistant Professor (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)
We use high resolution genomics and biochemical/biophysical assays to uncover the roles of 3D chromatin structures in quiescent cells.

Douglas Thamm with dogDouglas H. Thamm
Professor (Clinical Sciences)
Signal transduction and its inhibition in comparative cancer models.

Henry J. ThompsonHenry Thompson
Professor (Horticulture & Landscape Architecture)
Biochemical and molecular approaches to cancer prevention; preclinical models and clinical investigations.

Tiffany Weir Tiffany Weir
Professor (Food Science & Human Nutrition)
Role of microbes in ecosystems ranging from soils to processed food products to the human gut.

Claudia Wiese Claudia Wiese
Associate Professor (Environmental & Radiological Health Sciences)
Molecular mechanisms of DNA repair, genome integrity, and  cancer avoidance.

TingTing Yao TingTing Yao
Professor (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)
Regulation of gene expression and chromatin dynamics by the ubiquitin – proteasome pathway.

Affiliate Faculty

Affiliate Faculty serve as committee members or participate in the program in other ways but are not currently taking CMB students in their labs.

James R. Bamburg
Professor (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)
Regulation of the cytoskeleton in neuronal growth and pathfinding; signal transduction pathways regulating actin dynamics; abnormalities in actin behavior in neurodegenative diseases.

Robert Cohen
Professor (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)
Regulation of ubiquitin – dependent signaling, protein degradation, and deubiquitination.

David D. Frisbie
Professor (Clinical Sciences)
In vitro and in vivo approaches to diagnostic and therapeutic musculoskeletal disease.

Jeff Hansen
Professor (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)
Higher order chromatin structure and chromatin architectural proteins.

Charles S. Henry
Professor (Chemistry)
Bioanalytical chemistry; chemical separations and chemical nature of disease.

Susan Kraft
Professor (Environmental & Radiological Health Sciences)
Cancer imaging, Magnetic Resonance Imaging and spectroscopy, radiation therapy and neuroradiology.

Susan M. LaRue
Professor (Environmental & Radiological Health Sciences)
Experimental therapeutics; hyperthermia; tumor physiology; tumor cytogenetics.

Paul J. Laybourn
Professor (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)
The mechanism of transcription regulation in a chromatin context.

Amy MacNeill
Associate Professor, (Microbiology, Immunology & Pathology)
Isolation and characterization of canine and feline tumor cells and the study of poxviruses as anticancer agent

Jac A. Nickoloff
Professor (Environmental & Radiological Health Sciences)
Cellular processes that maintain eukaryotic genome stability, including homologous recombination, nonhomologous end – joining and other DNA repair processes.

Rodney Page
Professor (Clinical Sciences)
Director of the Flint Animal Cancer Center.

Sandra L. Quackenbush
Professor, (Microbiology, Immunology & Pathology)
Viral pathogenesis, particularly viral – induced oncogenesis.

Laurie A. Stargell
Professor &  Chair (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)
Mechanisms of transcription initiation in yeast

Michael M. Weil
Professor (Environmental & Radiological Health Sciences)
Genetic susceptibility to radiation – induced cancers.

Nicole Kelp

Assistant Professor (Microbiology, Immunology, & Pathology)


ERHS / VS 510 Cancer Biology
ERHS 611 Cancer Genetics
ERHS 733 Environmental Carcinogenesis
VS 780 Cancer Biology Clinical Practicum

ERHS 530 Radiological Physics and Dosimetry I
ERHS 630 Radiological Physics and Dosimetry II
ERHS 550 Principles of Radiation Biology
ERHS 701 Advanced Diagnostic Imaging Modalities
EHRS 714 Radiation Therapy Physics

See also the Cancer Biology Specialization

Resources & Facilities

CMB Students

Joseph Stewart (Argueso Lab)
PhD, 2019  Cohort
2020-22 Cancer Biology & Comparative Oncology Fellow

Rachel BradyRachel Brady (Thamm Lab)
Ph.D. 2021 Cohort
American Kennel Club, Clinician Scientist Fellow
T32 Translational Biomedical Research Fellow

Mollie Uhrig (Wiese Lab)
Ph.D. 2023 Cohort

Sam BrillSam Brill (Thamm Lab)
PhD/DVM, 2018 Cohort
NIH Medical Scientist Training Fellowship
NIH F30 Fellow 2021-23

Tymofiy LutsivTymofiy Lutsiv (Thompson Lab)
(PhD 2020 Cohort)

Sean Merriman Sean Merriman (Argueso Lab)
PhD 2018 Cohort
qCMB T32 Fellow 2019-21

Cameron Pearce ( Gonzalez-Juarrero Lab)
PhD 2019 Cohort

2020-2022 Cancer Biology & Comparative Oncology fellow

Lisa SchleinLisa Schlein DVM (Thamm Lab)
CCTSI – TL1 – TOTTS Fellow 2018 – 19


Ilham Alshiraihi (PhD 2021, Brown Lab) – Post-doctoral Fellow, Gonzalez-Juarrero Lab, CSU

Suad Elmegerhi (PhD 2020, Kato Lab) – Post-doctoral Fellow, Perera Lab, CSU

Matt Dilsaver (MS 2019, Markus Lab) – Field Application Scientist, LUMICKS

Katie Cronise (PhD 2021, Duval Lab) – Post-doctoral Fellow, Regan Lab, CSU

Taghreed Al Turki (PhD 2019, Bailey Lab) – Postdoctoral Fellow at UNC Lineberger in the Griffith lab.

Jared Luxton (PhD 2020, Bailey Lab) – Data Scientist, USDA-APHIS, Fort Collins

Elena Pires (PhD 2020, Wiese Lab) – DVM Class of 2022, CSU

Platon Selemenakis (PhD 2021,Wiese Lab) – Postdoctoral Fellow MD Anderson Cancer Center

Nouf Alyami (PhD 2019, Duval Lab) – Assistant Professor, King Saud University

Nora Jean Nealon (PhD 2019 Ryan Lab)  Post doctoral fellow at the Ohio State Univerisity

Genevieve Hartley (PhD 2018 Dow Lab) – Post-doctoral Fellow at MD Anderson Cancer Center

Lyndah Chow (PhD 2018 Dow Lab) – Post-doctoral Fellow at Colorado State University

Hailey Sedam (PhD 2018, Argueso Lab) – Clinicl Genomics Scientist at Myriad Genetics

Nadia Sampaio (PhD 2018, Argueso Lab) – Research Scientist Brazilian Biorenewables National Laboratory

Tymofiy Lutsiv (MS 2018, Thompson Lab) – PhD program at Colorado State University

Miles McKenna (PhD 2017, Bailey Lab) – Bioscience Specialist at Nikon Instruments

Christopher Nelson (PhD 2017, Bailey Lab) – Post – doctoral Fellow Children’s Medical Institute, Sydney, Australia

Melissa Edwards (PhD 2016, Brown Lab) – Associate Director, AAAS S&T Policy Fellow at US Dept of Defense, CSU


Updated 8-3-21