The research arm of the UTMB Cancer Center is the Sealy Center for Cancer Cell Biology and the more than 120 faculty members engaged in cancer research, including protein structure, genomics, cell biology, biochemistry, molecular biology and drug development. This multidisciplinary approach serves as an incubator for the translation of basic research discoveries into clinical therapies for cancer patients.
Currently, UTMB Cancer Center members have received more than $125 million in external funding for their diverse research projects during the past three years. The UTMB Cancer Center receives more than $20 million in cancer-related funding annually from the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society, the Texas Cancer Council and other federal and private organizations, such as The Sealy & Smith Foundation of Galveston, Texas.
Cancer Center Offers High Quality Research Facilities
Research facilities at the UTMB Cancer Center and its Sealy Center for Cancer Cell Biology include:
- A Biostatistics Shared Resource Facility to provide statistical support services and to assist scientists in the development of effective and successful investigative projects.
- A Transgenic Mouse Facility that provides in vivo models for addressing a wide variety of biological questions.
- A Nude Mouse Facility that allows transplantation of human tumors to better analyze the effects of cancer therapeutic agents.
- A Real Time PCR Core to measure gene expression levels in cells and tissues.
- A Transgenic Fly Lab to study the importance of signaling proteins.
- Tissue Procurement and Analysis Lab that provides a repository for valuable clinical specimens to facilitate translational research.