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Cancer Center members contribute to the mission of the Center via their participation in research, including laboratory, clinical, and population- based efforts.

Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) has four cancer research programs:

The four programs drive progress at our National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center by:

  • Providing a forum to highlight important new developments and opportunities in cancer research
  • Supporting creative project development and new collaborative initiatives
  • Emphasizing the tremendous unmet medical needs in cancer
  • Stimulating our talented researchers to focus on these needs

Cancer Center Membership

HCI Cancer Center members enjoy a variety of benefits, including eligibility for leadership roles in the Center, institutional funding opportunities, and scientific/administrative support.

Research Leadership Council

The Research Leadership Council (RLC) has responsibility for coordination, planning, and oversight of HCI's research portfolio and is accountable for the design and execution of Cancer Center goals. The Council is chaired by the CEO/Director and includes representatives from the Director's Cabinet, all Cancer Program Leaders, Staff Investigators, HCI-managed Shared Resource Directors, representation of the Disease-Oriented Research Teams (DOTs), HCI clinical research operations, and senior administrators. This group participates actively in strategic planning for HCI research initiatives, and directs evaluation of Programs, Shared Resources, and membership.

View the Research Leadership Council Membership

News Highlights from our Cancer Center Programs

Caring for Patients with a Family History of Pancreatic Cancer
Jun 06, 2019

Caring for Patients with a Family History of Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic cancer is relatively rare, but chances are likely you care for several patients with a family member who has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. New data insights outline pancreas cancer screening strategies for certain patients with a family history of the disease. ... Read More

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Cancer Center Director

Cornelia Ulrich, MS, PhD

HCI Senior Directors

Bradley R. Cairns, PhD
Basic Science
Martin McMahon, PhD
Preclinical Translation
Michael W. Deininger, MD, PhD
Transdisciplinary Research
David K. Gaffney, MD, PhD
Clinical Research
Kathleen Mooney, PhD
Population Sciences
Scott Lloyd, MBA, CPA
Finance and Administration
David W. Wetter, PhD, MS
Community Engagement and Cancer Health Equity Research
Kolawole S. Okuyemi, MD, MPH
Diversity and Inclusion
Donald E. Ayer, PhD
Cancer Training and Career Enhancement

Program Leadership


Nuclear Control of Cell Growth and Differentiation

Brad Cairns, PhD
Jared Rutter, PhD


Cell Response and Regulation

Sheri Holmen, PhD
Alana Welm, PhD


Experimental Therapeutics

Neeraj Agarwal, MD
Martin McMahon, PhD


Cancer Control and Population Sciences

Kathleen Mooney, PhD
Sean V. Tavtigian, PhD