Volume 1, Issue 2

An Ounce of Prevention…

Director's Corner: Samir N. Khleif, MD

“”The proximity of a desirable thing tempts one to overindulgence. On that path lies danger.” Frank Herbert

With leftover Halloween candy still in a bowl by the door and the holiday season looming before us, it’s hard for us to imagine not being urged to belly up to a buffet for one more serving of whatever seasonal treat is on offer. I know I sometimes find it difficult to ignore the siren song of a sugar cookie. Still, it’s important to remember that there’s a difference between eating well and being well-fed.  Read more >>

Have you Heard…?
Grant News


  • Darren D. Browning, PhD, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, received a 5-year, $1.8M R01 grant from NIH/NCI for “Colon cancer chemoprevention with phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors.” Read more >>
  • Jian-Yue Jin, PhD, Radiation Oncology, received a 3-year, $1.2M R01 grant from NCI/NIH for “A synchronized moving grid (SMOG) system to improve CBCT for IGRT and ART.” Read more >>
  • Vadivel Ganapathy, PhD., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, received a 3-year, $562,500 grant from the Department of Defense for Homocysteine Is an Oncometabolite in Breast Cancer, Which Promotes Tumor Progression and Metastasis. Read more >>
Newly Activated Clinical Trials
  • Sharad Ghamande, MD, received $158K from VentiRx Pharmaceuticals for “A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled phase II study of VTX 2337 in combination with pegylated liposomal doxorubicin (PLD) in patients with recurrent or persistent epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancer.” Read more >>
Recent Publications
  • Blood Hematopoietic cell transplant:
    Rapid donor T-cell engraftment increases the risk of chronic graft-versus-host disease following salvage allogeneic peripheral blood hematopoietic cell transplantation for bone marrow failure syndromes. Read more >>
  • Breast Cancer:
    COP1 and GSK3β Cooperate to Promote c-Jun Degradation and Inhibit Breast Cancer Cell Tumorigenesis. Read more >>
  • Breast Cancer:
    Molecular Mechanism of SLC5A8 Inactivation in Breast Cancer. Read more >>
  • Cancer signaling:
    A novel piperazine derivative potently induces caspase-dependent apoptosis of cancer cells via inhibition of multiple cancer signaling pathways. Read more >>
  • Liver cancer:
    Epitope-optimized alpha-fetoprotein genetic vaccines prevent carcinogen-induced murine autochthonous hepatocellular carcinoma. Read more >>
  • Metastasis model:
    Evaluating human cancer cell metastasis in zebrafish.
  • Ovarian cancer:
    Human Ovarian Cancer Stroma Contains Luteinized Theca Cells Harboring Tumor Suppressor Gene GT198 Mutations. Read more >>
  • Sequencing tool:
    ESTclean: a cleaning tool for next-gen transcriptome shotgun sequencing. Read more >>


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