Cory Abate-Shen

Cory Abate-Shen


Michael and Stella Chernow Professor of Urological Oncology
Interim Director, Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center


Department of Pathology and Cell Biology
Department of Systems Biology
Center for Cancer Systems Therapeutics

Administrative Coordinator:
Rachel Kelly

Cory Abate-Shen is a professor in the Department of Urology and Department of Pathology and Cell Biology, the Michael and Stella Chernow Chair of Urological Oncology, and an associate director of the Herbert Irving Cancer Center. She is investigating the molecular mechanisms of homeobox genes in development and cancer. Her laboratory has provided groundbreaking insights on the molecular bases of how homeoproteins achieve target gene recognition in vivo. She has also developed mouse models of prostate cancer that have been widely used to investigate the molecular bases of prostate tumorigenesis and as preclinical models for intervention and therapy. She has been the recipient of several awards, including a Sinsheimer Scholar Award, an NSF Young Investigator Award, and the Women in Cell Biology Junior Award from the American Society for Cell Biology. She is currently the principal investigator on five federal grants including an NCI consortium grant on Mouse Models of Human Cancer. In addition, she has received funding from several other sources including the March of Dimes, the New Jersey Commission on Cancer Research and the Gustave and Louise Pfeiffer Research Foundation. She has recently been named an American Association of Cancer Research Professor.

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Michael Shen Wins Cancer Research Innovation Award
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Columbia Joins Global Consortium to Advance Precision Cancer Medicine
Columbia University has joined Project GENIE, which brings together leading institutions in cancer research and treatment to provide a repository for the largest possible amount of clinical-grade cancer genomic data and clinical outcomes data. At Columbia, GENIE is being led by Drs. Raul Rabadan of systems biology and Richard Carvajal of medicine.
Columbia Awarded NCI Center for Cancer Systems Biology
The Center for Cancer Systems Therapeutics (CaST) is developing a framework that can account for the dynamic nature of cancer and use this knowledge to disrupt the programs that maintain tumor survival.
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Using a new computational method for comparing regulatory networks in human cancer cells with those in a mouse model, researchers found that FOXM1 and CENPF together drive the most lethal prostate tumors.
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