Dingxiao Zhang, PhD

Assistant Professor of Oncology
Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Areas of Expertise: 
Genetics and Molecular biology
Stem cells
Developmental biology
Cancer cell biology
Special Interests: 
Stem cell and cancer stem cells
Cancer cell heterogeneity
Epigenetics and lncRNAs
Prostate and Breast cancer
Nuclear receptors in steroid hormone-regulated cancers


Dr. Zhang joined the Roswell Park faculty in 2016. He graduated from Chungbuk National University with a PhD degree in Molecular Embryology from one of the National research laboratories in South Korea. During his doctoral studies, he worked extensively on early embryo development and regulation of maternal gene expression, which led to 8 important publications (4 of which were first author papers) in the field. After finishing Ph.D studies, he did a short post-doctoral training at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, studying the role of MED1 and ARGLU1 in breast cancer, with a first author J. Biol. Chem. paper. He then joined MD Anderson Cancer Center as a postdoctoral fellow in February 2012. During his postdoctoral training at MDACC, he has published 8 papers (4 of which were first author papers). He was appointed to an Instructor position in 2015, and an Assistant Professor of Oncology in 2016. Currently, he is using genetic mouse models, cancer cell lines and xenografts, as well as human primary tumor samples to investigate the prostate development (epithelial biology) and prostate tumorigenesis and progression.


Education and Training: 
2010 - PhD - Chungbuk National University, Chungbuk, South Korea
Professional Memberships: 
American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)
Professional Experience: 
Postdoctoral - MD Anderson Cancer Center, Science Park, TX
Postdoctoral - College of Medicine, University of Cincinnati, OH