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Oncological Sciences

About Us

Established in 1994, the Department of Oncological Sciences performs research and provides training with an emphasis in cancer biology. This department is strongly aligned with Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah, whose mission is to discover the origins of human cancer as well as develop new diagnostics and treatments.

Our department brings together a community of faculty, students, and staff, who work with approximately 50 graduate students and 20 post-doctoral fellows, in research laboratories. We award PhD degrees in cancer biology, with specialized training in transcriptional regulation and epigenetics, animal models of cancer, and cancer cell biology, including apoptosis, metabolism, and signaling.

Bradley R. Cairns, PhD

Chair, Department of Oncological Sciences


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Trainee Spotlight

Katy Gillis

Katy was born and raised in Silver Spring, Maryland. She is currently wrapping up her thesis in Dr. Eric Snyder’s lab which focuses on understanding the epigenetic mechanisms behind lineage switching in lung cancer. Katy's hobbies outside of lab include hiking, swimming, and playing with her dogs. A fun fact about Katy is that she has eaten an entire half gallon of ice cream in one sitting!

Upcoming Events

September 5, 2024

Department of Oncological Sciences Seminar Series-Alison Taylor, PhD

The Department of Oncological Sciences presents:, Alison Taylor, PhD, Columbia University, Assistant Professor...

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September 19, 2024

Department of Oncological Sciences Seminar Series-Hani Goodarzi, PhD

The Department of Oncological Sciences presents:, Hani Goodarzi, PhD, University of California San Francisco, ...

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November 14, 2024

Department of Oncological Sciences Seminar Series-Sendurai Mani, PhD

Department of Oncological Sciences Seminar Series presents:, Sendurai Mani, PhD, Brown University, Professor, ...

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