Cancer and Developmental Biology

Developmental and cancer biology are two complementary disciplines that can be viewed as the yin and yang of cell survival. Whereas developmental biology is concerned with the acquisition and maintenance of normal cellular function, cancer biology focuses on the disruption and deletion of normal cellular function. Research within the Cancer and Developmental Biology track reflects the complete continuum of cell development, from the regulation of normal cell division to the abnormal development of cancer. The track has a diverse group of research faculty with appointments in 11 different departments both at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Interactions and collaborations among the faculty bring together research expertise that focuses on the cell cycle, cell proliferation, cell differentiation, cell migration, angiogenesis, tumorigenesis, metastasis, and apoptosis. Techniques drawn from a wide range of fields, including molecular genetics, cell biology, biochemistry, structural biology, and therapeutics, are applied in this truly interdisciplinary program.

The Cancer and Developmental Biology track is appropriate for students seeking training in cutting-edge research in the following areas: photo

  • Animal models for tumorigenesis and development
  • Tumor suppressor and oncogenic signaling pathways
  • Angiogenesis
  • Cell proliferation and cell death
  • Differentiation
  • Development
  • Pathology
  • Cancer stem cells/tumor-initiating cells
  • Novel therapeutic approaches

Contact Us

Cancer and Developmental Biology

Dr. Tiffany Seagroves, UTHSC
Integrated Biomedical Sciences Program
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Cancer Research Building, Room 262
19 S. Manassas Street
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: 901-448-5018

Dr. Leta Nutt
Co-Track Director
Department of Pathology
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
MS 340, D4063D
262 Danny Thomas Place
Memphis, TN 38105-3678
901-595-6530 (office)

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