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Johnson Cancer Research Center

Faculty Scientists

The Johnson Cancer Research Center’s multidisciplinary approach to cancer research makes the most of the knowledge and talents of numerous excellent scientists at K-State. Below is a list of our affiliated researchers and their areas of study.

Dr. Christer Aakeröy

Chemistry – Studies chemical approaches to maximize the effectiveness of anti-cancer drugs. more details

Dr. Carl Ade

Kinesiology – Studies the important changes in physiological function with cancer and cancer-associated treatments. more details

Dr. Antje Anji

Anatomy & Physiology – Studies regulation of the N-methl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor gene and its significance to cancer. more details

Dr. Santosh Aryal

Chemistry – Studies ways to improve cancer nanomedicine so that target tumor cells won't develop resistance, degrade or excrete the drug. more details

Dr. Katsura Asano

Biology – Studies the control of protein synthesis and the alterations in gene expression that can lead to cancer. more details

Dr. Amir Bahadori

Mechanical & Nuclear Engineering – Studies ways to evaluate and reduce cancer risk from radiation exposure. more details

Dr. Brad Behnke

Kinesiology – Studies manipulation of tumor microenvironments to enhance conventional cancer therapy outcomes. more details

Dr. Frank Blecha

Anatomy & Physiology – Studies innate immune responses important to cancer. more details

Dr. Stefan Bossmann

Chemistry – Studies use of nanotechnology and hyperthermia to treat and diagnose cancer. more details

Dr. Susan Brown

Biology – Studies genes important to normal development and cancer. more details

John W. Carlin

Leadership Studies – Studies leadership skills to improve citizen access to cancer services. more details

Dr. Stephen Keith Chapes

Biology – Studies macrophages and other inflammatory cells. more details

Dr. Viktor Chikan

Chemistry – Studies treatment of cancers with magnetic nanoparticles. more details

Dr. Rollie Clem

Biology – Studies regulation of cell death. more details

Dr. Jeffrey Comer

Anatomy & Physiology – Uses computers to study new materials (nanotechnology) for targeted delivery of cancer drugs to cancer cells. more details

Dr. Christopher Culbertson

Chemistry – Studies signal transduction pathways (i.e. kinase cascades) in cells to better understand how misregulation of them results in the development of cancers. Is also developing a "lab-on-a-chip" cancer early-detection test. more details

Dr. Lawrence Davis

Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics – Studies plant-based ways to clean up environmental carcinogens and mutagens. more details

Dr. Rob Delong

Anatomy & Physiology, Nanotechnology Innovation Center – Studies the use of RNA nanotechnology to deliver splice switching oligonucleotides and aptamer RNA into cancer cells. more details

Dr. Walter Dodds

Biology – Studies nitrate and drinking water quality. more details

Dr. Timothy Durrett

Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics – Studies how different enzymes recognize the specific compounds that they modify. more details

Dr. Gregory Finnigan

Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics – Studies the regulation of the cell cycle and cell division to understand how cellular checkpoints are maintained and information is exchanged between signaling pathways. more details

Dr. Bret Flanders

Physics – Studies the use of nanoscale fiber scalpels to sample tumors and cancer cells. more details

Dr. Sherry Fleming

Biology – Studies complement activation and regulatory proteins and innate immune molecules. more details

Dr. Peying Fong

Anatomy & Physiology – Studies regulation, structure and function of ion channels and transporters in macromolecular complexes. more details

Dr. Roman Ganta

Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology – Conducts molecular evaluation of how host cell biology is modified by pathogens. more details

Dr. Ronette Gehring

Anatomy & Physiology – Studies how environmental carcinogenic compounds move through the body and concentrate in vulnerable organs, causing harm. more details

Dr. Brian Geisbrecht

Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics – Studies structural approaches to understanding macromolecular function in normal, pathogenic and cancerous states. more details

Dr. Erika Geisbrecht

Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics – Studies signal transduction pathways essential to normal embryonic development. more details

Dr. Maureen Gorman

Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics - Studies iron homeostasis, an important factor in tumor initiation and tumor growth. more details

Dr. Revathi Govind

Biology – Studies pathogenic mechanisms of anaerobic bacterial pathogen Clostridium difficile. more details

Dr. Mark Haub

Food, Nutrition, Dietetics & Health – Studies effects of protein, grain-based foods, and supplements on colon and whole-body health outcomes using clinical trials with human subjects. more details

Dr. Mei He

Biological & Agricultural Engineering – Developing low-cost biomedical devices for point-of-care cancer diagnostics through microfluidic-based analyzing platforms. more details

Dr. Katie Heinrich

Kinesiology – Studies the impact of high intensity functional exercise training on health, fitness and quality of life outcomes in the prevention and treatment of chronic disease. more details

Dr. Jamie Henningson

Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology – Studies the pathogenesis of tumors and cancer cells. more details

Dr. Michael Herman

Biology – Studies cell development and polarity. more details

Dr. Mary Lynn Higginbotham

Clinical Sciences – Studies the diagnosis and treatment of feline lymphoma as well as clinical trials involving treatment of cancer in animals. more details

Dr. Daniel Higgins

Chemistry – Studies the use of multiphoton methods to trigger anticancer drugs. more details

Dr. Duy Hua

Chemistry – Performs synthesis and bio-evaluation of new anti-cancer agents. more details

Dr. Takashi Ito

Chemistry – Studies new techniques for sampling biomarkers for cancer diagnosis. more details

Dr. Majid Jaberi-Douraki

Mathematics – Develops quantitative in silico methods to better understand cancer growths and maximize effectiveness of potential anti-cancer drugs. more details

Dr. Loretta Johnson

Biology – Studies genes involved in protecting against heavy metal poisoning and associated cancers. more details

Dr. Michael Kanost

Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics – Studies immunological mechanisms relevant to human cancers. more details

Dr. Jooyoun Kim

Apparel, Textiles & Interior Design – Studies biomedical applications of fiber-based biomaterials for anticancer drug delivery and cell regeneration. more details

Dr. Phillip E. Klebba

Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics – Studies iron deprivation as a means of retarding cancer cell growth and as a therapy to block microbial infections in cancer patients. more details

Dr. Meena Kumari

Anatomy & Physiology – Studies the addition of sugars to proteins and the significance of increases in this process in some gastrointestinal cancers. more details

Dr. Stella Lee

Biology – Studies protein transport in the cells in health and diseases. more details

Dr. Jun Li

Chemistry – Studies nanotechnology for early cancer diagnosis and therapeutic monitoring. more details

Dr. Ping Li

Chemistry – Conducts mechanistic studies of cancerous proteins, and synthesis of their inhibitors. more details

Dr. Dong Lin

Industrial & Manufacturing Systems Engineering – Studies Biomimic 3D printing structures for cancer research. more details

Dr. Zhoumeng Lin

Anatomy & Physiology – Uses computers to study how new nanotechnology-based anti-cancer drug carriers move through the body and reach tumor tissues. more details

Dr. Brian Lindshield

Food, Nutrition, Dietetics & Health – Studies the potential of foods and/or dietary supplements to decrease cancer incidence and progression. more details

Dr. Max Lu

Geography – Studies geographic differentials in cancer incidence and mortality rates using spatial statistics and geographic information systems (GIS) technology. more details

Dr. Ron Madl

Grain Sciences & Industry – Studies the identification and isolation of phytochemical components from cereal grains and processing co-products. more details

Dr. Jocelyn McDonald

Biology – Studies how cells move and invade tissues in cancer. more details

Dr. Emily McLaurin

Chemistry – Studies real-time changes in tumor microenvironments during cancer therapy. more details

Dr. Kristin Michel

Biology – Studies serpin function in mosquito-transmitted malaria, and potential relationship to human cancer. more details

Dr. Beth Montelone

Biology – Studies genes involved in DNA repair in yeast whose counterparts help prevent cancer in humans. more details

Dr. Thomas Mueller

Biology – Studies brain development and neurogenesis in zebrafish. more details

Dr. Annelise Nguyen

Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology – Studies gap junction intercellular communication during cancer formation and improving it to enhance chemotherapies.” more details

Dr. Brad Olson

Biology – The evolution of multicellular eukaryotes—clues for detection and future cures. more details

Dr. Sunghun Park

Horticulture – Studies metabolic engineering of flavonoids to prevent cancer. more details

Dr. Lorena Passarelli

Biology – Studies viral transcription and genome replication and its links to cancer. more details

Dr. Fernando Pierucci-Alves

Anatomy & Physiology – Studies cellular signaling by a growth factor (TGFβ) which participates in both inhibition and progression of cancer. more details

Dr. David Poole

Kinesiology and Anatomy & Physiology – Studies oxygen transport with respect to vascular and microcirculatory control and the matching of oxygen delivery to the energetic requirements of tissues in health and disease. more details

Dr. Om Prakash

Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics – Studies anticancer agents using multidimensional Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy and computer aided molecular modeling. more details

Dr. Punit Prakash

Electrical & Computer Engineering – Studies energy-based devices (radiofrequency, microwaves, ultrasound) and treatment delivery strategies for minimally invasive thermal therapy of cancer. more details

Dr. Ryan Rafferty

Chemistry – Studies blood-brain barrier penetration for treatment of brain cancers and works to develop new cancer drug delivery methods. more details

Dr. Gerald Reeck

Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics – Studies a protein correlated with several human cancers. more details

Dr. Jeroen Roelofs

Biology – Studies protein degradation by the proteasome, the target of the cancer drug Bortezomib. more details

Dr. Richard Rosenkranz

Food, Nutrition, Dietetics & Health – Studies youth cancer-preventive health behavior change. more details

Dr. Dorith Rotenberg

Plant Pathology – Studies anti-viral defense pathways. more details

Dr. Thomas Schermerhorn

Clinical Sciences – Studies cellular secretion and protein movement in normal and cancer cells. more details

Dr. John Schlup

Chemical Engineering – Studies improving boron neutron capture therapy by enhanced targeting of the cancer cells. more details

Dr. Jeremy Schmit

Physics – Studies formulation strategies for protein-based drugs. more details

Dr. Kathrin Schrick

Biology – Studies interactions of lipids/sterols and regulatory proteins that are key to cell division and development. more details

Dr. Bruce Schultz

Anatomy & Physiology – Studies hormone-induced changes in epithelial function. more details

Dr. Kristopher Silver

Entomology – Studies the mechanisms of RNA interference and how they can be applied to cancer treatment. more details

Dr. Chingakham Ranjit Singh

Biology - Studies the use of toxins to selectively block protein synthesis and cause death in cancer cells. more details

Bruce Snead

Engineering Extension – Studies radon related lung cancer risk prevention and reduction. more details

Dr. Susan Xiuzhi Sun

Grain Science & Industry – Studies biomaterials that can be fabricated into scaffolds for 3-dimensional cell growth to advance cancer drug discovery and treatment. more details

Dr. Masaaki Tamura

Anatomy & Physiology – Studies tumor physiology, cytotherapy and prevention of metastasis to the lung and peritoneal cavity. more details

Dr. Richard Todd

Plant Pathology – Studies how transcription factors—regulators of cell growth involved in many cancers—are themselves regulated. more details

Dr. John Tomich

Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics – Conducts biochemical studies of cellular constituents important to cancers. more details

Dr. Deryl Troyer

Anatomy & Physiology – Studies the development of cancer detection and cell-based targeted cancer therapy. more details

Dr. Govindsamy Vediyappan

Biology – Studies pathogenesis of Candida albicans and multidrug resistance (MDR) efflux pumps in bacteria. more details

Dr. Michael Veeman

Biology – Studies the cellular mechanisms of embryonic morphogenesis in simple chordates. more details

Dr. Nick Wallace

Biology – Studies HPV biology to improve treatment options for the cancers caused by these viruses. more details

Dr. Weiqun (George) Wang

Food, Nutrition, Dietetics & Health – Studies cancer prevention by dietary calorie restriction, exercise and plant chemicals. more details

Dr. Philine Wangemann

Anatomy & Physiology – Studies fluid homeostasis and blood flow regulation in the inner ear. more details

Dr. Mark Weiss

Anatomy & Physiology – Studies the potential use of stem cells for gene delivery vehicles, especially to brain tumors. more details

Dr. Ruth Welti

Biology – Studies the roles of lipid signaling and lipid metabolism in cancer. more details

Dr. Anna Whitfield

Plant Pathology – Studies virus entry and cellular response to viral infection. more details

Dr. Raelene Wouda

Clinical Sciences – Works on pre-clinical, Phase I, II and III research projects, converting basic science discoveries into diagnostic and therapeutic tools. more details

Dr. Cen Wu

Statistics - Studies the integration of multiple types of cancer genomic data to better elucidate cancer etiology and prognosis. more details

Dr. Yulan Xiong

Anatomy & Physiology – Studies molecular mechanisms underlying aging, neurodegeneration and cancer. more details

Dr. Zhilong Yang

Biology – Studies virus replication and host interactions. more details

Dr. Jianzhong Yu

Anatomy & Physiology – Studies molecular mechanisms underlying organ size control and tumorigenesis. more details

Dr. Yuntao Zhang

Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics – Studies cell-cell interactions and communications in cancer. more details

Dr. Michal Zolkiewski

Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics – Studies the stress-response and protein quality-control pathways. more details