HCI building

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 & Blog

Huntsman Cancer Institute Researchers Develop Potential New  Treatment for MYC-driven Small Cell Lung Cancer
Jul 18, 2019

Huntsman Cancer Institute Researchers Develop Potential New Treatment for MYC-driven Small Cell Lung Cancer

Huntsman Cancer Institute, lung-cancer, cancer-research

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among men and women in Utah and the United States. Often, symptoms do not appear until the disease is advanced. Therefore, research studies toward better practices to prevent, find, and treat lung cancer are paramount. Research from scientists at Huntsman Cancer Institute yielded new insights into understanding potential new treatment options for MYC-driven tumors, a distinct subtype of small cell lung cancer.... Read More

Finding Comfort through Giving
Jul 11, 2019

Finding Comfort through Giving

Huntsman Cancer Institute, giving,

Audrey Matthews has a unique way of honoring the memory of her daughter Natalie, who died in a car accident at the age of 19. Twice a year, on Natalie’s birthday and the anniversary of her death, Audrey and her family donate quilts through their nonprofit, 19 Quilts for Natalie.... Read More

Running for Research
Jul 10, 2019

Running for Research

Huntsman Cancer Institute, giving,

Because cancer effects almost everyone, whether they have it, had it, or know someone who does, many want to contribute to the fight but may not know how to. Huntsman Cancer Foundation provides a way to help for those who aren’t doctors, researchers, or don’t have lots of money through their Huntsman Heroes program.... Read More

Possible ‘Achilles Heel’ Discovered in Developing Better Drug Treatment in Cancers with Overactive Smoothened Protein
Jul 09, 2019

Possible ‘Achilles Heel’ Discovered in Developing Better Drug Treatment in Cancers with Overactive Smoothened Protein

Huntsman Cancer Institute, cancer-research

One of the most significant obstacles cancer patients face is resistance to drug treatment. Aggressive tumors often become adept at resisting the powerful drugs used to combat them. Therapeutic agents that were effective at one point may become ineffective as a patient’s tumor evolves and learns to fight the drug. A recent discovery could lead to a better understanding of how cancer patients develop drug resistance. ... Read More

Huntsman Cancer Institute Researchers Discover Melanoma Can Spread without Tumor Growth
Jul 03, 2019

Huntsman Cancer Institute Researchers Discover Melanoma Can Spread without Tumor Growth

Huntsman Cancer Institute, melanoma, cancer-research

Utah has the highest rate of melanoma in the United States. Melanoma is an aggressive skin cancer that spreads quickly. Allie Grossmann, MD, PhD, focuses on identifying better ways to treat this lethal cancer. In a study recently published by the journal Cancer Research, Grossmann details one of the factors behind how and why melanoma metastasizes so quickly. ... Read More

Cancer Center Director

Cornelia Ulrich, MS, PhD

Program Leadership

 

Nuclear Control of Cell Growth and Differentiation

Brad Cairns, PhD
Co-Leader
Jared Rutter, PhD
Co-Leader

 

Cell Response and Regulation

Sheri Holmen, PhD
Co-Leader
Alana Welm, PhD
Co-Leader

 

Experimental Therapeutics

Neeraj Agarwal, MD
Co-Leader
Martin McMahon, PhD
Co-Leader

 

Cancer Control and Population Sciences

Kathleen Mooney, PhD
Co-Leader
Sean V. Tavtigian, PhD
Co-Leader