Faculty in this concentration conduct research aimed at understanding the genetic and environmental causes of cancer. Research is focused on the underlying biology associated with tumor initiation and progression, and on the development and evaluation of chemopreventive regimens and therapeutic approaches for common cancers. Current lines of investigation include the study of noncoding RNAs in breast and prostate cancer, molecular alterations of the metabolism of cancer cells, breast cancer stem cells, and animal modeling approaches to tumorigenesis.