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The depth of the surgical oncology clinical program is further enhanced by our basis research faculty. Zhaoyi (Charlie) Wang, PhD, Associate Professor, and Venkatesh (GV) Govindarajan, PhD, Assistant Professor, continue their emphasis on translational research in conjunction with the clinical faculty.

The focus of Dr. Wang’s research is to delineate the molecular mechanisms underling the initiation and progression of human breast cancer.

In Dr. Govindarajan’s laboratory, several areas of research are being pursued. Broadly, interests are in a) molecular mechanisms that underlie cell fate determination and proliferation, and b) understanding how deregulation of these molecular events leads to tumorigenesis. The studies are performed by generation and characterization of transgenic mice.