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Matthew A. Firpo, Ph.D.

Languages spoken: English

Academic Information

Departments: Surgery - Research Associate Professor

Divisions: General Surgery

Academic Office Information

Research Interests

  • Cancer Biology
  • Cancer Therapeutic Development
  • Inflammation Mediators
  • Ileus
  • Pancreatitis
  • Role of microenvironmental factors on cellular sensitivity to radiation and to chemotherapeutic agents
  • Tumor Markers, Biological
  • Tumor Cells, Cultured
  • Genes, Tumor Suppressor
  • Gene Expression Profiling
  • Angiogenesis Inducing Agents
  • Hydrogels
  • Implants, Experimental
  • Tumor Microenvironment
  • Gene Expression, Microarray
  • Pancreatic Cancer
Matthew Firpo, PhD, is a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Utah where he directs the Surgery Research Laboratories. He is also a member of the Pancreas Cancer Research Program and the Experimental Therapeutics Program at Huntsman Cancer Institute.

Firpo's cancer research interests focus on improving intervention and detection strategies for pancreatic cancer. In collaboration with multiple cancer investigators, much of Firpo's efforts involve projects designed to investigate the underlying biology of pancreas cancer. The ultimate goal of these projects is to provide supporting justification for subsequent clinical uses.

Firpo earned his PhD in molecular biology from Brown University in 1994. He completed postdoctoral training in the Departments of Human Genetics and Biochemistry at the University of Utah before joining the Department of Surgery in February 2000.

Education History

Postdoctoral Fellowship University of Utah
Molecular Biology/Biochemistry
Postdoctoral Fellow
Doctoral Training Brown University
Molecular Biology
Graduate Training University of Montana
Undergraduate University of Montana