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Profiles in Cancer Research

The men and women who contribute to cancer research come from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds. These profiles highlight the work of NCI and NCI-funded researchers, clinicians, and others and describe what led them to embark on a career in cancer research.

  • Sharon Savage, M.D.

    The chief of the Clinical Genetics Branch in NCI’s Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics studies the association between telomere length and cancer risk.

  • W. Marston Linehan, M.D.

    The chief of the Urologic Oncology Branch in NCI’s Center for Cancer Research investigates gene pathways in kidney cancer to find new treatment strategies.

  • James Gulley, M.D., Ph.D.

    The head of the Clinical Trials Group in NCI’s Laboratory of Tumor Immunology and Biology explores how to harness the power of the body’s immune system to fight cancer more effectively.

  • Mark Schiffman, M.D., M.P.H.

    The senior investigator in the Clinical Genetics Branch of NCI’s Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics uses molecular epidemiology to predict and prevent cervical cancer.

  • Christina Annunziata, M.D., Ph.D.

    The investigator in NCI’s Center for Cancer Research studies the role of NF-κB signaling in ovarian cancer.

  • Christal Sohl, Ph.D.

    The San Diego State University biologist uses a variety of methods, including structural, computational, and kinetic analyses, to study enzymes that may play a role in cancer.

  • David Q. Matus, Ph.D.

    David Matus studies cellular invasion during normal development in the worm, C. elegans, as a model for understanding this behavior in metastatic cancer cells.