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Donald J. Vander Griend, PhD

Associate Professor
Work Phone: 312-355-3295
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Biographical Info

I received my Ph.D. in Cancer Biology from the University of Chicago studying metastasis suppressor genes in prostate cancer.  From there I joined the laboratory of Dr. John Isaacs at Johns Hopkins University to conduct a post-doctoral fellowship in Oncology, Urology, and Chemical Therapeutics.  My post-doctoral research focused on prostate stem cells, prostate cancer stem cells, and Androgen Receptor biology in normal prostate development and prostate disease.  My current research program focuses on transcription factors that serve important functions in prostate development, prostate cancer, and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), with the ultimate goal of developing more effective tools for staging and treating prostate cancer and BPH.
Clinical and Research Interests:
Prostate Cancer
Prostate Development
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
Stem Cell Transcription Factors
1998: BS (Biology), Calvin College; Grand Rapids, MI
2005:   PhD, Cancer Biology, The University of Chicago; Chicago, IL
PostGraduate Training:
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Mentor: John Isaacs.  The Chemical Therapeutics Program, Johns Hopkins University; Baltimore, MD
Awards and Honors:
2000    Young Investigator Award and Travel Grant, VIII International Congress of the Metastasis Research Society, London, England
2001    Most Outstanding Poster Presentation, The Charles Huggins Research Conference, The University of Chicago Department of Surgery
2002    Young Investigator Award, IXth International Congress of the Metastasis Research Society, Chicago, IL
2002    The Pathobiology of Cancer, The AACR Edward A. Smuckler Memorial Educational Workshop, Keystone, CO
2002    Most Outstanding Pre-Doctoral Oral Presentation, Vanderbilt University Host Tumor Retreat, Lake Barkley, KY
2004    Elaine Ehrman Award, University of Chicago Women’s Board Foundation for Cancer
2005    The Charles Huggins Lecture Series, The University of Chicago Committee on Cancer Biology and the Ben May Institute for Cancer Research.  Eight Lectures Presented between January and March
2009    First Prize Poster, The Johns Hopkins University 4th Annual Department of Urology Prostate Cancer Research Day
2012    Travel Award, The Society for Basic Urologic Research, Miami FL
2014    Early Career Investigator Award, the Society for Basic Urologic Research, Dallas, TX
2015    Invitation to Present in the AUA Young Investigators Showcase, 3rd Place Presentation Recognition.  New Orleans, LA.
2018    John D. Arnold, M.D. Mentor Award for Sustained Excellence in Mentoring; The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.
Recent Publications:
Categories: Pathology, Research Pathology