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Cancer

The Institute’s Cancer Center is one of only seven NCI-designated basic cancer research centers in the nation. We couple fundamental biological research with early translational studies to find new, innovative therapies that restore hope to cancer patients and their families.

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Garth Powis, D. Phil.

Jeanne and Gary Herberger Leadership Chair in Cancer Research

Dr. Powis studies the mechanisms that enable cancer cells to survive stress. 

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Jamey Marth, Ph.D.

Professor, Tumor Microenvironment and Cancer Immunology Program

Dr. Marth's laboratory incorporates biology, engineering, and nanotechnologies to expand biomedical research capabilities.

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Francesca Marassi, Ph.D.

Professor, Cancer Metabolism and Signaling Networks Program

Molecules are the building blocks of cellular life. Knowing their structures is key for understanding the basic mechanisms of...

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Immunity

The human immune system is made up of a network of cells, tissues and organs that fight off disease. It can also turn against the body causing autoimmune disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Crohn’s disease and psoriasis. Increasingly, scientists are learning how to help the body’s immune system to combat cancer. 

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Sumit Chanda, Ph.D.

Director and Professor, Immunity and Pathogenesis Program

The Chanda lab is interested in unraveling the molecular bases for these complex host-pathogen interactions, which will not only...

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Carl Ware
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Carl F. Ware, Ph.D.

Director, Infectious and Inflammatory Diseases Center

Dr. Ware's research is directed at defining the intercellular communication pathways controlling immune responses.

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Neuroscience and Aging

Diseases associated with aging and development are already a leading cause of death and disability, and their prevalence is rising fast—to give one example, by 2050, the number of Alzheimer’s patients age 65 and older may nearly triple from 5 million to 13.8 million.

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Huaxi Xu, Ph.D.

Jeanne and Gary Herberger Leadership Chair in Neuroscience Research

Dr. Xu's research efforts focus on understanding the molecular events that underlie the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's Disease.

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Sanford Children's Health Research Center

Genetic diseases in children are rare, and often incurable. Research insights into the genes and environmental factors that play a role in the development of childhood diseases are leading to better ways to more accurately diagnose, treat and cure children with disease.

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José Luis Millán, Ph.D.

Professor, Human Genetics Program

Dr. Millán works on understanding the mechanisms that control normal skeletal mineralization and elucidating the...

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Duc Dong, Ph.D.

Associate Dean of Admissions, SBP Graduate School

Dr. Dong’s goal is to uncover fundamental insight into basic and biomedical science through the rigorous investigation of the...

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Yu Yamaguchi, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor, Human Genetics Program

Dr. Yamaguchi's studies the role of proteoglycans and glycosaminoglycans in the context of development and human disorders.

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Hudson Freeze, Ph.D.

Director and Professor, Human Genetics Program

Dr. Freeze’s research focuses on the pathology resulting from faulty glycosylation, the process of adding carbohydrate (sugar)...

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Cancer

The Institute’s Cancer Center is one of only seven NCI-designated basic cancer research centers in the nation. We couple fundamental biological research with early translational studies to find new, innovative therapies that restore hope to cancer patients and their families.

Learn more

Jamey Marth, Ph.D. standing in the lab
Meet a Scientist

Jamey Marth, Ph.D.

Professor, Tumor Microenvironment and Cancer Immunology Program

Dr. Marth's laboratory incorporates biology, engineering, and nanotechnologies to expand biomedical research capabilities.

All Scientists
Francesca Marassi headshot
Meet a Scientist

Francesca Marassi, Ph.D.

Professor, Cancer Metabolism and Signaling Networks Program

Molecules are the building blocks of cellular life. Knowing their structures is key for understanding the basic mechanisms of...

All Scientists
Garth Powis D. Phil., headshot
Meet a Scientist

Garth Powis, D. Phil.

Jeanne and Gary Herberger Leadership Chair in Cancer Research

Dr. Powis studies the mechanisms that enable cancer cells to survive stress. 

All Scientists
Immunity

The human immune system is made up of a network of cells, tissues and organs that fight off disease. It can also turn against the body causing autoimmune disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Crohn’s disease and psoriasis. Increasingly, scientists are learning how to help the body’s immune system to combat cancer. 

Learn more

Sumit Chanda profile photo
Meet a Scientist

Sumit Chanda, Ph.D.

Director and Professor, Immunity and Pathogenesis Program

The Chanda lab is interested in unraveling the molecular bases for these complex host-pathogen interactions, which will not only...

All Scientists
Carl Ware
Meet a Scientist

Carl F. Ware, Ph.D.

Director, Infectious and Inflammatory Diseases Center

Dr. Ware's research is directed at defining the intercellular communication pathways controlling immune responses.

All Scientists
Neuroscience and Aging

Diseases associated with aging and development are already a leading cause of death and disability, and their prevalence is rising fast—to give one example, by 2050, the number of Alzheimer’s patients age 65 and older may nearly triple from 5 million to 13.8 million.

Learn more

huaxi hu
Meet a Scientist

Huaxi Xu, Ph.D.

Jeanne and Gary Herberger Leadership Chair in Neuroscience Research

Dr. Xu's research efforts focus on understanding the molecular events that underlie the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's Disease.

All Scientists
Sanford Children's Health Research Center

Genetic diseases in children are rare, and often incurable. Research insights into the genes and environmental factors that play a role in the development of childhood diseases are leading to better ways to more accurately diagnose, treat and cure children with disease.

Learn more

Yu Yamaguchi headshot
Meet a Scientist

Yu Yamaguchi, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor, Human Genetics Program

Dr. Yamaguchi's studies the role of proteoglycans and glycosaminoglycans in the context of development and human disorders.

All Scientists
Duc Dong, Ph.D., headshot
Meet a Scientist

Duc Dong, Ph.D.

Associate Dean of Admissions, SBP Graduate School

Dr. Dong’s goal is to uncover fundamental insight into basic and biomedical science through the rigorous investigation of the...

All Scientists
José Luis Millán, Ph.D. headshot
Meet a Scientist

José Luis Millán, Ph.D.

Professor, Human Genetics Program

Dr. Millán works on understanding the mechanisms that control normal skeletal mineralization and elucidating the...

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Hudson Freeze, Ph.D. headshot
Meet a Scientist

Hudson Freeze, Ph.D.

Director and Professor, Human Genetics Program

Dr. Freeze’s research focuses on the pathology resulting from faulty glycosylation, the process of adding carbohydrate (sugar)...

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Drug Discovery and Technology

SBP has the talent and resources to accelerate the development of new therapeutics.

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Prebys Center

Through development and application of modern drug discovery technologies, SBP is uniquely positioned to make next-generation medicines.

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Our cores provide advanced technology, expertise and instrumentation to investigators.

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Other Platforms

SBP innovates and maintains key technologies and partnerships to facilitate research.

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Prebys Center

Through development and application of modern drug discovery technologies, SBP is uniquely positioned to make next-generation medicines.

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Shared Resources

Our cores provide advanced technology, expertise and instrumentation to investigators.

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Other Platforms

SBP innovates and maintains key technologies and partnerships to facilitate research.

SBP Pipeline - Current Projects

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News

SBP Insights:Heart Disease
Beaker Blog February 15, 2019
5 Takeaways from SBP Insights: Heart Disease
It’s easy to forget about the fist-sized organ in our chest. But the heart is arguably the most important muscle in the body. We can’t live without it, after...
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Beaker Blog February 14, 2019
5 Facts You Need to Know About Atrial Fibrillation (AFib)
It’s one of the most common heart rhythm disorders and a leading risk factor for stroke, but most people haven’t heard of it—that is, atrial fibrillation, also...
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In the News
February 7, 2019
Hit-to-lead discovery at a nonprofit research institute
Drug Target Review
SBP Insights: Heart Disease-Dr. Anthony DeMaria, Donna Marie Robinson, Karen Ocorr
In the News
February 13, 2019
STATE OF THE HEART: Coronary advances revealed at La Jolla's Sanford Burnham Prebys
La Jolla Light
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Beaker Blog February 8, 2019
Nobel laureate Michael Rosbash presents his latest fruit-fly research at SBP
You may want to reconsider swatting that pesky fruit fly: Despite appearances, we share more than half of our genes with the tiny insect. For this reason—and...
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Beaker Blog February 7, 2019
Drug screen conducted at SBP identifies new therapeutic avenues for Alzheimer’s disease
A screen of more than 1,600 Food and Drug Administration (FDA)–approved drugs performed at SBP’s Conrad Prebys Center for Chemical Genomics (Prebys Center) has...
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Press Release
February 4, 2019
New insights into how HIV evades the immune system aid quest for better treatments
People who are HIV-positive live longer than ever before, thanks to antiretroviral therapy (ART). However, although ART drastically reduces the amount of the...
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Beaker Blog January 29, 2019
Padres Pedal the Cause presents record-breaking check for nearly $3 million to fund local cancer research
Local cancer research just got a big boost. On Thursday, January 24, SBP president Kristiina Vuori, M.D., Ph.D. , joined leaders from Moores Cancer Center at UC...
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Beaker Blog January 29, 2019
SBP scientist presents at Fleet Science Center to help the public better understand precision medicine
From how much coffee we can tolerate to the amount of weight we can lift, our bodies differ from one another in myriad ways. But when it comes to medicine,...
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Paper of the Week
Lsd1 as a therapeutic target in Gfi1-activated medulloblastoma
The Bio Report-podcast
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January 24, 2019
A Drug Hunter Finds Greater Freedom at a Nonprofit Institute
The Bio Report
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In the News
January 25, 2019
Understanding a Rare Cancer in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Patients
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5.7 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s. By 2050, this number is projected to rise to nearly 14 million. SBP research hopes to change that.

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