The surgeons and investigators in the Division of Surgical Oncology are all engaged in research aimed at improving treatments for surgical oncology patients.

Richard Cummings, PhD 
Research focus: Glycobiology and functional glycomics (the study of the structure, biology, evolution, and function of glycans — chemically linked chains of sugars, or carbohydrates)

Per-Olof Hasselgren, MD, PhD 
Research Focus: The mechanisms regulating the catabolic response to sepsis and injury in skeletal muscle; Sepsis and injury (and a number of other conditions as well, including cancer, AIDS, uremia, and starvation) are associated with muscle wasting

A. James Moser, MD 
Research Focus : Multi-center research study of biomarker discovery for therapeutics in pancreatic cancer 

Lijun Sun, PhD
Research focus : Drug discovery and translational research; molecular inhibition of metastasis to improve cancer therapies; molecular inhibition of inflammation in diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and other conditions

Barbara Wegiel, PhD
Research focus : How the heme degradation pathway regulates innate inflammatory responses during organ injury and carcinogenesis

Michale Yaffe, MD, PhD
Research focus : Cell signaling; targeted cancer therapy; protein-protein interactions and modular protein domains in signal transduction; protein-kinase signaling pathways involved in cell cycle control; DNA damage and inflammation