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Cancer Institute

Skin Cancer/Melanoma

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer, accounting for nearly half of all cancer cases in the United States. The Skin Cancer/Melanoma Center at the University of Cincinnati Cancer Institute is equipped to meet the needs of those facing skin cancer.

Researchers within center are working to discover the underlying causes for why melanoma develops and are looking for ways to improve prevention, detection and treatments for better patient outcomes.

The Melanoma Research Interest Team, as part of the center, is a multidisciplinary group of investigators from the Departments of Dermatology and Surgery in the College of Medicine, researchers from the College of Pharmacy, and the Departments of Chemistry and Anthropology in the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences.

The main areas of melanoma research are:

  • Genetic susceptibility to melanoma.
  • Molecular mechanisms of sun-induced melanoma formation.
  • Mechanisms of drug resistance, mainly to BRAF inhibitors.
  • Discovery, development and design of melanoma prevention strategies.
  • Discovery, development and design of new therapies for melanoma treatment.
 three skin cancer researchers smiling

Directors

Jeffrey Sussman, MD
Professor of Surgery
Division of Surgical Oncology

Zalfa Abdel-Malek, PhD
Professor of Dermatology