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Steven Grant, M.D.

Associate director for translational research, VCU Massey Cancer Center
Program co-leader, Developmental Therapeutics
Shirley Carter and Sture Gordon Olsson Chair in Cancer Research

Research program member: Developmental Therapeutics

Box 980035
401 College St.
Richmond, VA 23298-0035




Professor and Eminent Scholar, Internal Medicine, School of Medicine


MD, Mount Sinai School of Medicine (1973)

Research description

My primary focus is the development of novel strategies for the treatment of hematological malignancies, including acute myelogenous leukemia, multiple myeloma, and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. This approach rests on the premise that malignant cells circumvent the lethal effects of targeted agents by activating compensatory cytoprotective pathways, and that disabling the latter pathways will lead to induction of programmed cell death or apoptosis. We have developed rational combination strategies involving diverse targeted agents, including kinase, cyclin-dependent kinase, and proteasome inhibitors, as well as BH3-mimetics. Our pre-clinical studies have led to multiple early phase I and II trials in patients with hematologic malignancies. Each of the latter trials has been accompanied by correlative pharmacodynamic studies designed to determine whether mechanisms determined to be responsible for drug synergism in pre-clinical studies can be recapitulated in patients receiving these agents in the trial. It is hoped that the bi-directional acquisition of data will inform and optimize the design of future trials based on this rational treatment strategy.

Research keywords

Apoptosis,Cancer cell biology,Cancer therapy resistance,Cell signaling,DNA damage,Epigenetics,Signal transduction,Targeted therapies,Translational science

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