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A Hub for Advancement of Cancer Research

Embedded within The University of Texas at Austin, a Tier 1 research institution, the LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes are positioned to become a renowned center for technologies and models that strengthen the fight against cancer. To achieve the institutes’ goals of improving both access to care and patient quality of life, the institutes’ research program will:

  • Expand, enhance and connect current university efforts focused on cancer research
    Dozens of leading scientists at UT Austin are conducting research in fields such as gene mutation and repair, immunotherapy and functional imaging to facilitate more effective methods of treatment.
  • Translate basic science research into tools and treatments that improve patient outcomes
    By integrating, leveraging and translating UT Austin’s outstanding research outside the traditional cancer-related fields, the institutes can provide patients with novel diagnostic methods and therapeutic options.
  • Offer more, high-quality clinical trials
    UT Austin researchers will no longer have to go to outside institutions to test groundbreaking technologies, medications and therapies. Additionally, Austin patients interested in being a part of cutting-edge clinical trials will be able to do so locally.
  • Focus on precision-based medicine
    The institutes are committed to exploring new ways to tailor cancer treatments most likely to benefit patients’ individual bodies through genetic and cellular testing and lifestyle analysis.

Programs and Membership

The LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes are committed to collaborating with the diverse research community in Austin. Six basic, clinical and translational programs focus the work of scientists and clinicians interested in cancer research, prevention and care at The University of Texas at Austin and affiliated institutions. Get more information on research membership >

The institutes are now soliciting proposals for pilot projects to encourage new and impactful clinical and translational collaborative cancer research projects. Research members and associate members are eligible to apply for up to $25,000 for a one-year project. Requests for Application (RFAs) are typically issued in summer and winter. Learn more >

Cancer Prevention and Control

Yessenia Castro

Steve Hicks School of Social Work

Catherine Cubbin

Steve Hicks School of Social Work

Mike Pignone

Dell Medical School

William Tierney

Dell Medical School

Benjamin Zhan

Texas State University

Developmental Therapeutics

Shannon Cox

Austin Cancer Centers

Zhengrong Cui

Pharmaceutics, College of Pharmacy

Linda Degraffenried

Nutritional Sciences, College of Natural Sciences

Gail Eckhardt

LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes

Andrew Ellington

Molecular Biosciences, College of Natural Sciences

Stuart Ferris

Dell Medical School

Declan Fleming

Dell Medical School

Matthew Fox

Dell Medical School

George Georgiou

Cellular and Biomolecular Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering School of Engineering

Paiman Ghafoori

Austin Cancer Centers

John Richburg

Pharmacology/Toxicology, College of Pharmacy

Douglas Rivera

Austin Cancer Centers

Angel Rodriguez

Austin Cancer Centers

Christopher Rylander

Biomedical Imaging and Instrumentation, Cockrell School of Engineering

Nichole Rylander

Cellular and Biomolecular Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering

Jonathan Sessler

Chemistry, College of Natural Sciences

Brian Shimkus

Austin Cancer Centers

Everett Stone

Molecular Biosciences, College of Natural Sciences

Sherrie Thomas

Austin Cancer Centers

Brian Vaillant

Austin Cancer Centers

Carla VanDenBerg

Pharmacy/Toxicology, College of Natural Sciences

Yvette Williams Brown

Dell Medical School

Mateo Ziu

Seton Healthcare Family, Dell Medical School

Rachel Brightwell

Austin Cancer Centers

Eun Cho

Pharmacy/Toxicology, College of Natural Sciences

Joe Dekker

Chemical Engineering and Molecular Biosciences

Ramakrishna Edupuganti

Chemistry, College of Natural Sciences

Ekokobe Fonkem

Baylor Scott & White

John Kuo

Dell Medical School

Michael Lee

Dell Medical School

William Matsui

Dell Medical School

Matthew McCurdy

Austin Cancer Centers

Molecular Oncology

Jennifer Brodbelt

Chemistry, College of Natural Sciences

Kevin Dalby

Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry, College of Pharmacy

John DiGiovanni

Pharmacy/Toxicology, College of Natural Sciences

Jaquelin Dudley

Molecular Biosciences, College of Natural Sciences

Vishy Iyer

Molecular Biosciences, College of Natural Sciences

Tanya Paull

Molecular Biosciences, College of Natural Sciences

David Taylor

Molecular Biosciences, College of Natural Sciences

Karen Vasquez

Pharmacology/Toxicology, College of Pharmacy

Tom Brenna

Dell Medical School

Ilya Finkelstein

Molecular Biosciences, College of Natural Sciences

Kumar Kothapalli

Dell Medical School

Alan Lambowitz

Molecular Biosciences, College of Natural Sciences

Seongmin Lee

Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry, College of Pharmacy

Erxi Wu

Baylor Scott and White

Guilang Wang

Pharmacology/Toxicology, College of Pharmacy

Blerta Xhemalce

Molecular Biosciences, College of Natural Sciences

Jennifer McKinney

Dell Medical School

Kyle Miller

Molecular Biosciences, College of Natural Sciences

Dawit Kidane

Pharmacy/Toxicology, College of Natural Sciences

Supportive Care and Survivorship

Jennifer Currin-McCulloch

Steve Hicks School of Social Work

Barbara Jones

Steve Hicks School of Social Work

Aditi Narayan

LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes

Farya Phillips

Steve Hicks School of Social Work

Nick Smith-Stanley

LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes

Marge Benham-Hutchins

School of Nursing

Ken Kraemer

Community member

Jessica Raley

Texas State University

Tumor Immunology and Microenvironment

Alejandra De Angulo Sorian

Nutritional Sciences, College of Natural Sciences

Lauren Ehrlich

Molecular Biosciences, College of Natural Sciences

Gregory Ippolito

Molecular Biosciences, College of Natural Sciences

Jenny Jiang

Cellular and Biomolecular Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering School of Engineering

Hyun Jung Kim

Cellular and Biomolecular Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering

Laura Suggs

Cellular and Biomolecular Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering

Stefano Tiziani

Nurtirional Sciences, College of Natural Sciences

Livia Eberlin

Chemistry, College of Natural Sciences

Christopher Jolly

Nutritional Sciences, College of Natural Sciences

Achinto Saha

Pharmacology/Toxicology, College of Pharmacy

Todd Triplett

Dell Medical School

Quantitative Oncology

Randal Aschenbeck

Austin Radiological Association

Aaron Baker

Biomedical Imaging and Instrumentation, Cockrell School of Engineering

Amy Brock

Cellular and Biomolecular Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering

Mia Markey

Biomedical Imaging and Instrumentation, Cockrell School of Engineering

Tinsley Oden

Aerospace Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering

Anna Sorace

Dell Medical School

James Tunnell

Biomedical Imaging and Instrumentation, Cockrell School of Engineering

Jack Virostko

Dell Medical School

Tom Yankeelov

Biomedical Imaging and Instrumentation, Cockrell School of Engineering

George Biros

Mechanical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering