Erik Knudsen, PhD

Chair, Molecular and Cellular Biology
Molecular & Cellular Biology
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Special Interests: 
Cell cycle control in cancer as a therapeutic target
RB-tumor suppressor pathway in the progression of cancer
Breast cancer and Pancreatic cancer genetics
Defining rationally targeted therapeutic interventions for clinical use


Erik Knudsen, PhD, is the Chair of Molecular and Cellular Biology and also the Co-Leader of the Genetics and Genomics Program.  Hailing from Seattle, Dr. Knudsen is a scientist with over 20 years research experience with a focus on deciphering some of cancer’s complexities and developing new therapies that help patients live longer and have a better quality of life.  Dr. Knudsen is a standing member of the Cancer Etiology Study Section at the National Institutes of Health and has also authored or co-authored more than 150 peer-reviewed publications, articles, and books chapters, and has been awarded numerous grants. Dr. Knudsen is a national and internationally recognized leader in cancer research and has spoken around the world about his research discoveries.  


Education and Training: 
1996 - PhD, Biology, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA
1990 - BS, Biochemistry and Chemistry, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
1997-1998 - Postdoctoral Fellow, Cell Cycle Deregulation, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA
1996-1997 - Postdoctoral Fellow, Cell Cycle Regulation by the Retinoblastoma Tumor Suppressor, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA
Professional Memberships: 
American Society of Clinical Oncology
American Association for Cancer Research
Honors and Awards: 
2016 - Maynard Excellence in Breast Cancer Research Chair, University of Arizona
2013 - Charles Ashworth, Chair in Pathology, UT Southwestern Medical Center
2012 - Hilary Koprowski, Chair in Cancer Biology, Thomas Jefferson University
2012 - Hearin Distinguished Lectureship
2002 - Dr. J.P. Minton Research Medal, American Cancer Society-Ohio
Professional Experience: 
2016-2018 - Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Translational Medicine, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
2012-2016 - Professor Department of Pathology UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX
2011-2012 - Co-director, Translational Research Shared Resource, Kimmel Cancer Center, Baltimore, MD