About the UTHSC Center for Cancer Research

Mission

The goal of the Center for Cancer Research at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center is to determine how cancer cells differ from normal cells at the molecular level, and to use this information to develop effective therapies to fight cancer.

Cancer arises from interruption of normal signal transduction pathways and genetic programs within a cell. Our center investigators are defining the molecular events that control these fundamental cellular processes, with a special emphasis on cell proliferation, differentiation, apoptosis (normal cell death) and angiogenesis (growth of new blood vessels from pre-existing vessels). By understanding the events that transform a normal cell into a cancer cell, we identify and validate new molecular targets for cancer drug discovery.

Cancer research
Glioma cancer stem cells (labeled with two fluorescent dyes)

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UTHSC Center for Cancer Research

19 S. Manassas
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: (901) 448-7855

Director of the Center for Cancer Research:
Lawrence M. Pfeffer, PhD
E-mail: lpfeffer@uthsc.edu