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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 Director and includes representatives from the Director's Cabinet, all Cancer Program Leaders, Staff Investigators, HCI-managed Shared Resource Directors, representation of 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

Air Pollution Poses Risks for Childhood Cancer Survivors
Apr 23, 2019

Air Pollution Poses Risks for Childhood Cancer Survivors

Poor air quality days significantly increase the risk of hospitalizations for respiratory issues in young survivors of cancer, according to a study conducted by researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah (U of U) and published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. ... Read More

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Cancer Center Director

Cornelia Ulrich, MS, PhD

HCI Senior Directors

Alana Welm, PhD
Basic Science
Martin McMahon, PhD
Preclinical Translation
David K. Gaffney, MD, PhD
Clinical Research
Neeraj Agarwal, MD
Clinical Research Innovation
Tracy Onega, PhD, MS
Population Sciences
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
Max Loveless, MBA
Senior Administrative Director

Program Leadership


Nuclear Control of Cell Growth and Differentiation

Jay Gertz, PhD
Jared Rutter, PhD


Cell Response and Regulation

Sheri Holmen, PhD
Trudy Oliver, PhD


Experimental Therapeutics

Martin McMahon, PhD
Howard Colman, MD, PhD


Cancer Control and Population Sciences

Kathleen Mooney, PhD
Jennifer Doherty, MS, PhD