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University of Colorado Cancer Center

University of Colorado Cancer Center, A National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center

William Robinson, MD, PhD



Melanoma Research, Skin Cancer, Biorepository Sciences, Cancer Biology, Genomics


University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Division of Medical Oncology, School of Medicine


Must have completed one year of college

Number of Openings: 2

Program Objective:

To investigate the 

  1. Biology of cancer cells in tumorigenesis, progression, and therapeutic resistance in melanoma.


  3. Genotyping melanoma tumors for somatic mutations.


  5. Melanoma and squamous cell carcinoma biomarkers for the diagnosis and prediction of disease progression, treatment response.


  7. RNA desiccation, expression profiling.


  9. Whole genome/exome sequencing for next generation molecular studies.

Program Description:

The main focus of our current research is:

  1. To characterize melanoma tumors for somatic mutations


  3. To study biological roles of several inflammatory cytokines (particularly IL-1, IL-37 and AAT) in the progression of human malignant melanoma 


  5. Annotate plasma, serum, WBC, DNA and RNA samples 


  7. To identify melanoma-related and host response-related biomarker profiling from blood/tumor from melanoma, squamous cell, and basal cell cancer patients


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