Director: Andrzej Dlugosz, MD
Skin cancer is a major problem for many of our patients, and the incidence of these cancers continues to rise each year. Scientists in the Cancer Biology Research Program are investigating mechanisms underlying the initiation, development, maintenance, and progression of skin tumors. They are focused on identifying and studying critical changes in cell function that provide the driving force for cancer development, since this knowledge may lead to new approaches to treatment. Whenever possible, relevance to human disease is established by working directly with human skin cancers, which are obtained through the efforts of our team of Dermatosurgeons and Dermatopathologists. The ultimate goal of this team effort is to translate knowledge gained from basic research into clinically-relevant advances which will improve the overall care of patients with skin cancer and other cancers. Understanding the molecular and cellular basis of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers will drive future innovations in prevention, diagnosis and treatment.