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Bruce Edgar

Bruce Edgar

Bruce Edgar, PhD

Cancer Center Bio

Bruce Edgar (b1960) received a B.A. from Swarthmore College (1982), and a PhD in Genetics from the University of Washington (1987), where he studied with Gerold Schubiger. Dr. Edgar did postdoctoral work at UCSF and Oxford with Pat O’Farrell and Paul Nurse, respectively, and in 1993 started as an independent investigator at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.

From 2009-2016 he worked in Heidelberg, Germany, as a professor in the Center for Molecular Biology (ZMBH) and a division leader at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ). In 2016 Dr. Edgar moved his laboratory to the Huntsman Cancer Institute of the University of Utah. Since ~1986 Dr. Edgar’s research has used the Drosophila model system to study the control of cell growth and proliferation during development, tissue maintenance and tumorigenesis. A number of key cell cycle and growth regulatory genes have been identified and characterized, some of which play important roles in human disease, most notably cancer.

Current studies in Dr. Edgar’s lab focus on how the fly’s intestinal stem cells support regenerative growth, and how these stem cells can become tumorigenic.