Nancy Zeleznik-Le, PhD

Nancy Zeleznik-Le, PhD

Chair, Cancer Biology
Professor, Cancer Biology; Medicine
nzelezn@luc.edu   CBCC 337

Research Interests

  • MLL leukemias
  • Hematopoiesis
  • Chromatin-mediated gene regulation and epigenetics
Assistant Professor Muna Aryal

Muna Aryal, PhD

Assistant Professor, Engineering and Radiation Oncology
CBCC 209
Lab: 708-327-3137

Research Interests:

  • Non-invasive, targeted brain drug delivery
  • Transcranial focused ultrasound
  • Nanoparticle
  • Brain cancer
  • Neuroscience


Maurizio Bocchetta, PhD

Associate Professor, Cancer Biology,
Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
CBCC 204
Office: 708-327-3362

Research Interests:

  • OTUD6B deubiquitinase
  • MYC oncogene
  • Lung adenocarcinoma

Weihang "Valerie" Chai, PhD

Professor, Cancer Biology
vchai@luc.edu   CBCC 236

Research Interests

  • Genomic stability in carcinogenesis and cancer therapy
  • Colon cancer genetic risk factors
  • Chemo-resistance in triple-negative breast cancer
  • UV DNA damage repair
  • Sensitizing cancer cells to chemo drugs

Professor Mitchell Denning

Mitchell F. Denning, PhD

Associate Dean for Graduate Education
Professor, Cancer Biology
Stritch School of Medicine
mdennin@luc.edu   CBCC 237

Research Interests

  • Keratinocyte and melanocyte biology
  • Ultraviolet radiation induced skin carcinogenesis
  • Protein kinase C signaling

Professor Andrew Dingwall

 Andrew Dingwall, PhD

Professor, Cancer Biology; Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Microbiology & Immunology
Director, MD/PhD Program
adingwall@luc.edu   CBCC 334

Research Interests

  • Chromatin remodeling
  • COMPASS methyltransferase complex
  • Epigenetic gene regulation
  • Enhancer control in development and cancer

Assistant Professor Sean Fanning

Sean W. Fanning, PhD

Assistant Professor, Cancer Biology
sfanning@luc.edu   CBCC 234

Research Interests

  • Breast cancer
  • Nuclear receptors
  • Drug resistance
  • Structure-based drug discovery

Associate Professor Kimberly Foreman 

Kimberly E. Foreman, PhD

Associate Professor, Cancer Biology
kforema@luc.edu   CBCC 235

Research Interests

  • Viral oncology
  • Medical education
  • Education outcomes

Irida Kastrati, PhD

Assistant Professor,  Cancer Biology
ikastrati@luc.edu   CBCC 233

Research Interests

  • Breast cancer
  • Selenoproteins
  • Racial disparity
  • Therapeutic targets in therapy resistance and recurrence
  • Drug Development

Steven Kregel, PhD

Assistant Professor, Cancer Biology
skregel@luc.edu     CBCC 205

Research Interests

  • Prostate cancer and urologic research
  • Androgen receptor signaling
  • Hormone therapies and resistance
  • Tumor immune microenvironment


Professor Phong Le, PhD

Phong T. Le, PhD 

Professor, Microbiology & Immunology;
Cancer Biology
ple@luc.edu   CBCC 304

Research Interests

  • T-cell development
  • Thymic epithelial cell biology
  • Exosomes

Michael Nishimura, PhD

Professor, Surgical Research; Cancer Biology
Associate Director, Cancer Center Translational Research
Program Director, Immunologic Therapeutics
mnishimura@luc.edu   CBCC 301

Research Interests

  • Tumor immunology
  • Immunotherapy


Clodia Osipo, PhD 

Associate Professor, Cancer Biology;
Microbiology & Immunology
cosipo@luc.edu   CBCC 238

Research Interests

  • Breast cancer
  • Cancer stem cells
  • Notch signaling

Wei Qiu, PhD

Associate Professor, Cancer Biology; Surgical Research
wqiu@luc.edu   CBCC 338

Research Interests

  • Hepatocellular carcinoma
  • Tumor cell signaling pathways
  • Mechanisms of therapeutic resistance in HCC
  • Alcoholic liver disease
Assistant Professor Nan Sethakorn

Nan Sethakorn, MD. PhD

Assistant Professor, Hematology/Oncology  and Cancer Biology
nan.sethakorn@lumc.edu CBCC 203

Research Interests

  • Non-small cell lung cancer
  • Bone metastases
  • Tumor microenvironment
  • Resistance to targeted therapies

Associate Professor Derek Wainwright

Derek Wainwright, PhD

Associate Professor, Cancer Biology
Scientific Director, Brain Tumor Research
Program Leader, Cancer Biology and Therapeutics
dwainwr@luc.edu   CBCC 202

Research Interests

  • Glioblastoma
  • Cancer immunology and immunotherapy
  • Aging and cancer
  • Neuroimmunology
  • Mechanisms of resistance to therapy for cancer


Professor Jiwang Zhang

Jiwang Zhang, MD, PhD

Professor, Cancer Biology; Radiation Oncology
jzhang@luc.edu   CBCC 336

Research Interests

  • Hematopoiesis
  • Stem cell self-renewal
  • Bone marrow microenvironment
  • Cell signaling


Manuel Diaz, MD 

Professor Emeritus, Cancer Biology
mdiaz2@luc.edu   CBCC 333

Research Interests

  • MLL and MLL fusion proteins
  • Leukemogenesis