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Benjamin T. Spike, Ph.D.

Languages spoken: English, German

Academic Information

Departments: Oncological Sciences - Assistant Professor

Academic Office Information


Research Interests

  • Stem Cells
  • Cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Developmental Biology
  • Single Cell Omics
  • Cellular Heterogeneity
  • Microenvironment

Benjamin Spike, PhD, is an investigator at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) and an assistant professor in the Department of Oncological Sciences at the University of Utah. He is a member of the Cancer Center in the Cell Response and Regulation Program, a faculty member of the Molecular Biology graduate program and a member of the HCI Disease Oriented Team focused on Women's Cancers (WCDOT).

Dr. Spike’s research seeks to understand the molecular regulators of cell behavior in complex tissues during normal development and cancer. Work in his laboratory is currently focused on stem cells in mammary gland development and breast cancer. His laboratory uses single cell transcriptomics and computational approaches, as well as molecular/genetic cell engineering, 2D and 3D culture systems and in vivo experimental models.

Dr. Spike received undergraduate degrees and a Masters degree from the University of California, San Diego. He received his PhD in Cancer Biology from the University of Chicago. He subsequently trained with Geoffrey M. Wahl, PhD, at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and was a staff scientist there before joining HCI and the University of Utah at the end of 2015.

Education History

Postdoctoral Training Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Stem Cells, Development, Cancer
Postdoctoral Training
Doctoral Training University of Chicago
Biomedical Sciences/Cancer Biology
Graduate Training University of California, San Diego
Cell Biology
Other Training Georg-August University
Academic Exchange
Visiting Scholar
Undergraduate University of California, San Diego
Medieval and Modern European History
Undergraduate University of California, San Diego
Molecular Biology

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