Associate Director for Basic Science

Roger Abounader, MD PhD

Associate Director for Basic Science Roger Abounader, MD PhD



Dr. Abounader is a Professor in the Departments of Microbiology, Immunology & and Cancer biology and Neurology and the Arthur and Margaret Ebbert Endowed Chair of Medical Science.

As Associate Director for Basic Science, he is primarily responsible for ensuring high quality, productive, and cancer-relevant fundamental research by Members of the UVACC. Together with the associate director for Clinical Research, Abounader helps UVACC investigators move their basic research discoveries along the Translational Pipeline towards rapid translational and clinical application. He works with the associate director for Shared Resources to ensure that the Shared Resources adequately support UVACC research activities.

Spanning more than 20 years, Dr. Abounader has led a basic and translational research program that investigates the molecular basis of brain tumors. He uses the acquired knowledge to develop new experimental therapies against these deadly cancers. Dr. Abounader has been continuously funded by NIH and other organizations since 2001.

He served on various national panels, including more than seventy NIH study sections as a regular member, chair, or acting chair. He chairs the Southeastern Brain Tumor Foundation medical board and is on the editorial board of several international cancer journals. Dr. Abounader organizes the UVACC Seminar Series. He co-founded the UVACC Journal Club and co-chairs the Cancer Graduate Program Admissions Committee. He is also the principal investigator on the American Cancer Society Institutional Grant.