College of Veterinary Medicine
This group's research is altering the way we perceive cancer. By looking at cancer in an evolutionary perspective, these researchers are able to document contributions of risk that are attributable to alterations in the expected lifespan of organisms, so they can create a better perspective about the role intrinsic and extrinsic risk factors play in cancer of humans, domestic animals, and wild animal populations. Furthermore, their genomic data are creating opportunties to modify the approach for cancer control by providing proof of principle for strategies that allow cancers to be identified at the earliest stages of the disease process (before tumors are formed), so that targeted interventions that are safer and more efficacious than conventional treatments for late-stage cancers can be implemented.
This group's research was featured on the MSI website in January 2016: Genetic Differences in Osteosarcoma Subtypes.