April 2024 

Ioy Cao

Lei Cao has been named as one of the top 3 Innovator of the Year finalists by the Enterprise for Research, Innovation, and Knowledge (ERIK). Dr. Cao holds the William C. and Joan E. Davis Endowed Professorship in Cancer Research and is a tenured professor in CBG. Her research focuses on the neural regulation of metabolism, immunity, and cancer, providing insights into how environmental stimuli to the central nervous system shape biological processes and disease pathology.

Her lab also aims to foster genetic and pharmacological approaches to combat obesity, metabolic syndromes, aging, and cancer. Cao’s patents have been licensed to biotech companies for further development, and she is a co-founder of the gene therapy startup Zvelt Therapeutics. She earned her PhD from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and completed research fellowships at the University of Freiburg and Thomas Jefferson University before joining Ohio State University in 2006.

January 2024 

Department of Cancer Biology and Genetics meeting

As we begin another productive semester, we are excited to announce the continuation of our Work-In-Progress (WIP) Trainee Sessions. These sessions offer an excellent opportunity for our trainees to showcase their ongoing research and receive valuable feedback from their faculty, peers, and mentors.The session enables trainees to develop their ability to communicate complex ideas effectively. Additionally, this exposure to different perspectives and research areas contributes significantly to their growth and inspires intellectual curiosity.

December 2023 

[TBD from Suppakorn]In CBG, the festive Holiday party became a joyous occasion where researchers, professors, and students came together. The white elephant gift exchange added a touch light heartedness, fostering connections and shared laughter among those dedicated to advancing scientific understanding of cancer. It was a memorable celebration that transcended the labs, creating bonds and a sense of unity within the department's community.

October 2023

Somelea NevilleCBG announced our new Department Administrator, Somelea Neville, M.A., M.B.A, who started on Monday, October 30th. Ms. Neville joins CBG from UT Southwestern where she served as a Department Administrator for their new Department of Biomedical Engineering and, prior to that, for their Department of Population Sciences. She played a key role in establishing the new BME department at UTSW, overseeing the recruitment and onboarding of 65 new faculty, staff, students and postdoctoral fellows. Ms.Neville brings extensive experience in department finances, budgeting, and business operations as well as expertise in pre and post-award grants management and administration.


September 2023

Anne Strohecker is the 2023 CBG Teaching Award winner in recognition of her significant contributions to the educational mission of the department.

Group retreat including Department of Cancer Biology and Genetics

On September 8th, the CBG annual scientific retreat at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center brought together faculty, staff, and lab members for an enriching event with keynote speakers, lab presentations, and a vibrant poster session.