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New Discovery In Fight Against Pancreatic Cancer

At North Carolina Central University (NCCU), Dr. Antonio T. Baines and his team of researchers have made a possible game-changing discovery, which could lead to a new approach in the treatment of pancreatic cancer. Learn more here:  Pancreatic Cancer Research at NCCU

Dr. Baines is an associate professor of biology in the Department of Biological and Biomedical Sciences with a joint appointment in the Cancer Research Program at NCCU’s Julius L. Chambers Biomedical/Biotechnology Research Institute (BBRI).  Additionally, he is the current director of the Ph.D. in Integrated Biosciences Program.

Baines, who came to North Carolina in 2001 as a postdoctoral fellow at UNC–Chapel Hill, joined the NCCU faculty in 2006. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Norfolk State University in 1995 and a Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the University of Arizona in 2001.

Pancreatic cancer has recently become the 3rd leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Due to the aggressive nature of this disease and the lack of biomarkers for early detection, the incidence and mortality rates for pancreatic cancer are nearly equivalent. The overall focus of our cancer biology research program is to identify and validate the role of novel molecular targets in the development and progression of normal cells transforming into cancer cells of the pancreas.  One of the major targets studied in the lab is the oncogenic Pim kinase family.  Our studies will allow us to critically validate these kinases as novel therapeutic targets for pancreatic cancer treatment.

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