University of Wisconsin–Madison

Cancer Biologists

Professor and Chairman
Department of Human Oncology

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Dr. Paul Harari is chairman of the Department of Human Oncology, principal investigator for the Wisconsin H&N SPORE Grant and member of the UW Carbone Cancer Center Senior Leadership Council. His clinical and laboratory research is focused on improving treatment outcomes for patients with head and neck cancer.

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Assistant Professor
Department of Human Oncology

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Dr. Gopal Iyer is a cancer biologist whose research focuses on the molecular mechanisms of lung and pancreatic cancer development and progression toward metastasis.

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Associate Professor
Department of Human Oncology

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Dr. Randall Kimple specializes in treating patients with malignancies of the head and neck. In his research laboratory, he uses patient-derived xenografts to test radiation, chemotherapy and combinations of therapies to understand which characteristics of a patient’s tumor may predict response to treatment.

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Assistant Professor
Department of Human Oncology

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Dr. Zachary Morris treats patients with melanoma and soft tissue sarcomas. His independent translational research laboratory focuses on the mechanisms whereby radiation may enhance the response to immunotherapies. He also serves as vice chair of the department and program director for the University of Wisconsin Bentson Translational Research Fellowship.

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Professor
Department of Human Oncology

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Dr. Alan Rapraeger is a cancer biologist who seeks to discover novel signaling mechanisms through which cell adhesion regulates the activation and signaling of receptor tyrosine kinases in cancer and to develop new therapeutics that target these mechanisms.

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Professor
Department of Human Oncology

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Dr. Paul Sondel is the Reed and Carolee Walker Professor of Pediatric Oncology. He leads a multidisciplinary team that provides comprehensive and compassionate, state-of-the-art treatment for childhood cancer and hematology patients. His research is focused on inducing in vivo activated innate immune effector cells to provide anti-tumor benefit.

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Professor
Department of Human Oncology

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Dr. Randal Tibbetts studies genome surveillance, cell growth and neurodegeneration. Current work in his lab is aimed at understanding how diverse growth-inhibitory signals, including DNA damage, cell-cell contact and growth factor depletion downregulate gene expression through the CREB pathway and how defects in this regulation contribute to tumorigenesis.

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Professor Emeritus
Department of Human Oncology

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Dr. Ajit Verma conducts research focused on the etiology and prevention of skin cancer and prostate cancer. His preclinical study using both transgenic and gene knock-out mouse models led to the identification of a key signaling component of the development of skin cancer and prostate cancer.

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Associate Professor
Department of Human Oncology

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Dr. Deric Wheeler serves as the director of Translational Medicine and Cancer Biology. His laboratory is focused on understanding mechanisms of resistance to molecular targeting agents directed against receptor tyrosine kinases in cancers of the head and neck and breast.

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Professor
Department of Human Oncology

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Dr. Albert van der Kogel is a cancer biologist with expertise on the effects of radiation on normal tissues and radiation resistance mechanisms. He consults and collaborates on various research projects. He also teaches radiobiology courses for medical physics undergraduates, graduates and radiation oncology residents.

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