Cancer Biology ResearchInvestigators in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s cancer biology research group use molecular, genetic, pharmacological and biomedical tools to elucidate the molecular mechanisms regulating carcinogenesis, tumor metastasis, anti-cancer drug resistance, and cancer metabolism. Our faculty are highly collaborative and share the goal of improving therapy outcomes and cancer maintenance through fundamental pre-clinical animal models, and translational research, including clinical trials run by the Massey Cancer Center.

Our primary areas of research include the following:

  • Bioactive lipid mediators and their metabolic regulation in cancer
  • Cancer metabolism
  • Tumor suppressors and oncogenes
  • Epigenetics and transcriptional regulation
  • Signal transduction pathways
  • Drug discovery and repurposing
  • Structural biology and drug design

Education

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology offers two robust, research-focused programs for graduate students.

Faculty are also active participants in research at VCU Massey Cancer Center and in the School of Medicine’s multidisciplinary neuroscience Ph.D. program.

Faculty

William A. Barton, Ph.D.

William A. Barton, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

William A. Barton, Ph.D.

William A. Barton, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Biochemistry and

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Laurence Booth, Ph.D.

Laurence Booth, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Laurence Booth, Ph.D.

Laurence Booth, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Sumitra Deb, Ph.D.

Sumitra Deb, Ph.D.

Professor

Sumitra Deb, Ph.D.

Sumitra Deb, Ph.D.

Professor

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Deb Labs: people.vcu.edu/~sdeb/

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Swati Deb, Ph.D.

Swati Deb, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Swati Deb, Ph.D.

Swati Deb, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Deb Labs: people.vcu.edu/~sdeb/

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Paul Dent, Ph.D.

Paul Dent, Ph.D.

Professor

Paul Dent, Ph.D.

Paul Dent, Ph.D.

Professor

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Xianjun Fang, Ph.D.

Xianjun Fang, Ph.D.

Professor

Xianjun Fang, Ph.D.

Xianjun Fang, Ph.D.

Professor

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Gregorio Gil, Ph.D.

Gregorio Gil, Ph.D.

Professor

Gregorio Gil, Ph.D.

Gregorio Gil, Ph.D.

Professor

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Christopher D. Green

Christopher D. Green

Instructor

Christopher D. Green

Christopher D. Green

Instructor

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Tomasz Kordula, Ph.D.

Tomasz Kordula, Ph.D.

Professor

Tomasz Kordula, Ph.D.

Tomasz Kordula, Ph.D.

Professor

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Michael Maceyka, Ph.D.

Michael Maceyka, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Michael Maceyka, Ph.D.

Michael Maceyka, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Can Senkal, Ph.D.

Can Senkal, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Can Senkal, Ph.D.

Can Senkal, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Sarah Spiegel, Ph.D.

Sarah Spiegel, Ph.D.

Chair, Professor

Sarah Spiegel, Ph.D.

Sarah Spiegel, Ph.D.

Chair, Professor

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Brian Wattenberg, Ph.D.

Brian Wattenberg, Ph.D.

Professor

Brian Wattenberg, Ph.D.

Brian Wattenberg, Ph.D.

Professor

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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