Dr. Cory Abate-Shen to Join the AARC Board of Directors

Cory Abate-Shen, PhD

Goals for the AACR

“The AACR represents the preeminent organization for advancing cancer research and is a major thought center for shaping its future. Now more than ever, we need the AACR’s forward-leaning vision to educate the public about the importance of cancer research, to advocate for national policies that allow research to flourish rather than impede its progress, and to promote diversity among cancer researchers, particularly women and minorities. I believe that I can effectively serve to promote these objectives through public outreach and educational advancement, and that I can be a strong and persuasive voice to garner support for our mission as cancer researchers.”

Research Interests

Urologic oncology; functions of homeobox genes in development, differentiation, and cancer; genetically engineered mouse (GEM) models of prostate and bladder cancer; systems biology approaches for cross-species analysis of experimental data from mice and humans; mechanism-based studies of cancer prevention; molecular mechanisms of cancer initiation and cancer progression

Current Affiliations

Michael and Stella Chernow chair of urological oncology, Department of Urology; professor, Departments of Pathology and Cell Biology, Systems Biology, Medicine, and the Institute of Cancer Genetics, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, New York, New York; leader, Prostate Program, and associate director, translational research, Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center of Columbia University, New York, New York

Previous Positions

Interim director (2011-2012) and associate director for education (2008-2011), Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center; division chief, Division of Developmental Medicine and Research, Department of Medicine (2002-2007), professor, Departments of Medicine and Neuroscience (2001-2007), associate professor (1997-2001) and assistant professor (1991-1997), Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey; member, The Cancer Institute of New Jersey (1995-2007); resident member, Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine (1991-2007)

Postdoctoral Training

Oostdoctoral fellow, Department of Molecular Oncology and Virology, Roche Institute of Molecular Biology (1988-1991)

Selected Honors, Awards, and Non-AACR Service

Member, Blue Ribbon Panel, Working Group on Tumor Evolution and Progression, National Cancer Advisory Board, National Institutes of Health (2016); recipient, Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network Innovator Award (2015-2017); American Cancer Society Research Professor (2011-2021); member, Board of Scientific Counselors, National Cancer Institute (2006-2011); recipient, National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award (1993-1998); recipient, Women in Cell Biology Junior Award, American Society for Cell Biology (1993); recipient, Sinsheimer Scholar Award (1992-1995)

Selected AACR Service

Chair, special conference, “Advances in Modeling Cancer in Mice: Technology, Biology, and Beyond” (2017); member, AACR G.H.A. Clowes Award Selection Committee (2017); member, AACR Laboratory Research Awards Committee (2016-Present); senior editor (2015-present) and founding deputy editor (2007-2015), Cancer Prevention Research; member, AACR-NCI-EORTC Symposium on Molecular Targets and Cancer Therapeutics Scientific Committee (2015-2016); co-chair, Annual Meeting Program Committee (2013-2016); co-chair, special conference, “The Translational Impact of Model Organisms in Cancer” (2013); member, AACR Cancer Progress Report Steering Committee (2013); chair (2012) and member, Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research Conference Scientific Program Committee (2008, 2011, 2014) and Scientific Review Committee (2005-2006); member, editorial board (2010-2012) and associate editor (2000-2009, 2015-present), Cancer Research; member, Publications Committee (2008-2011); member, Clinical and Translational Cancer Research Committee (2008-2011)


PhD, neurobiology, Cornell University Medical College Graduate School of Medical Science, New York, New York (1988); BA, psychology, Fordham University, New York, New York (1983)