Title: Associate Professor Otolaryngology
Degree: PhD obtained from the University of Glasgow, in Scotland, UK in 1984
Investigation of the genetic changes associated with the development of squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN). We are presently investigating the genetic changes responsible for the altered cellular metabolism found in SCCHN. To aid these studies we are isolating cancer cells from tumor tissue and blood obtained from head and neck cancer patients. Cancer cells are purified from blood and tissue utilizing a novel magnetic cell separation system developed by our collaborators in the Chemical Engineering Department at The Ohio State University. The tumor cells isolated in this way can then be used as prognostic indicators to follow the clinical course of the disease in patients and to investigate the molecular changes associated with the development of squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck.