Division of Cancer Biology

Our Cancer Biology Division has as its focus the molecular underpinnings of cancer etiology and radiation response, and application of this knowledge to new cancer drug discovery.


The Division consists of five faculty members whose research efforts encompass both mechanistic studies of the basis of cancer development and maintenance, and translational research into molecular target validation and new drug discovery.  Similarly, our research on cellular responses to radiation bridges both types of research.  Our internationally-recognized investigators use state-of-the-art model systems and animal-, cell- and in vitro- based biological, biochemical and molecular biology techniques to study oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes.

Andrienne Cox

Dr. Adrienne Cox (lab) concentrates on signaling from Ras and Rho family small GTPases in pancreatic and colorectal cancer models.
Gaorav Gupta (2015) Dr. Gaorav Gupta researches the interplay between genome integrity pathways and breast cancer initiation, progression, and response to therapy. 
Andrew Wang (2009) Dr. Andrew Wang (lab) researches nanotechnology-based methods of targeting radiation and drug delivery to tumors using cells in culture and mouse models of cancer.

Elaine M. Zeman, Ph.D.

Dr. Elaine Zeman is a classically-trained, clinically-oriented radiation biologist who devotes herself to the biology teaching needs of our radiation oncology and medical physics residents, radiation therapists and medical dosimetrists.
Yanping Zhang Dr. Yanping Zhang (lab) specializes in the p53/Mdm2/Arf tumor suppressor pathway in leukemias and solid tumor models.


We are a highly collaborative group and maintain research associations with colleagues within the Department, the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, and with top investigators both nationally and internationally from academia and the pharmaceutical industry.