Research Programs

The UVA Cancer Center has approximately 220 full and associate members divided into five research programs. Each of these programs represents an area of expertise important for understanding how cancer starts and progresses and for development of interventions to detect, diagnose, treat, and prevent cancer. Each program has a natural affinity and identity, with sub-groups that make sense scientifically. In addition, each of these programs has helped generate major discoveries important for cancer:

  • The Cancer Biology Program supports research focused on identification and validation of targets, development of small molecule modulators of validated targets, and elucidating mechanisms, particularly signaling networks, driving cancer.
  • The Cancer Control and Population Health Program conducts population-based research to identify cancer risk, reduce cancer risk and develop systems to support cancer survivors.
  • The Cancer Therapeutics Program supports preclinical science and validation of therapeutic targets leading to investigator-initiated clinical trials for cancer diagnosis, imaging, therapy or survivorship.
  • The Molecular Genetics and Epigenetics Program was the origin of the discovery of the "histone code" and is nationally regarded as a premiere program for the study of chromatin and epigenomics.
  • The Unaligned Research Program includes members of the Cancer Center research program who provide key contributions, but their work is not easily aligned with any of the core programs listed above.

Cancer Research Events

Jan 16 Cancer Center Journal Club

[MIC Library, Pinn 7th Floor]

Jan 17 GEN Program Meeting-Kick-Off

[BMG Library Room 6006] Speaker Dr. Susan Modesitt, this will be the first kick-off presentation for the GEN program

Jan 27 GEN Program Meeting

[BMG Library, Pinn Hall, 6th Floor, Room 6006] Speaker: Dr. Graham Casey

Feb 06 Cancer Center Journal Club

[MIC Library, Pinn 7th Floor]

Feb 06 Hematopoiesis and Hematology Malignancy Working Group

[West Complex 6191] Kenneth Walsh, PhD

Feb 10 GEN Program Meeting

[BMG Library, Pinn Hall, 6th Floor, Room 6006] Speaker: Dr. Sanchita Bhatnagar

Feb 20 Cancer Center Journal Club

[MIC Library, Pinn 7th Floor]

Mar 05 Cancer Center Journal Club

[MIC Library, Pinn 7th Floor]

Mar 09 GEN Program Meeting

[BMG Library, Pinn Hall, 6th Floor, Room 6006] Speaker: Dr. Aninyda Dutta

Mar 19 Cancer Center Journal Club

[MIC Library, Pinn 7th Floor]

Mar 23 GEN Program Meeting

[BMG Library, Pinn Hall, 6th Floor, Room 6006] Speaker: Dr. Michael Guertin

Apr 02 Cancer Center Journal Club

[MIC Library, Pinn 7th Floor]

Apr 02 Hematopoiesis and Hematology Malignancy Working Group

[West Complex 6191] Archana Thakur, PhD

Apr 16 Cancer Center Journal Club

[MIC Library, Pinn 7th Floor]

May 07 Cancer Center Journal Club

[MIC Library, Pinn 7th Floor]

May 07 Hematopoiesis and Hematology Malignancy Working Group

[West Complex 6191] Yuh-Hwa Wang, PhD

May 21 Cancer Center Journal Club

[MIC Library, Pinn 7th Floor]

Jun 04 Hematopoiesis and Hematology Malignancy Working Group

[West Complex 6191] Michael Engel, MD