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Scott Cramer, PhD


Contact Information:

University of Colorado Denver
Department of Pharmacology
Mail Stop 8303, RC1-South
12801 East 17th Ave
Aurora CO 80045

Phone: (303) 724-6276
Fax: (303) 724-3663
Office: RC1-South, L18-6117

curriculum vitae

Affiliated Programs



Signaling: Previously published studies have used genetic models for investigating the signaling pathways involved in vitamin D growth inhibition and also have demonstrated strong synergistic growth inhibition between vitamin D and genistein on prostatic cells. In addition, his lab's data demonstrate that vitamin D and genistein cooperatively induce p21 proteinand that genistein upregulates vitamin D receptor (VDR) content by modulating protein stability. The effect of genistein on VDR content leads to the hypothesis that one mechanism of synergism between vitamin D and genistein is by enhanced VDR signaling.

Stem Cells: They are developing techniques to isolate cells from the prostate with stem-cell like properties. The lab team has developed an in vitro 3-dimensional culture system and are currently evaluating the effects of different culture conditions on ductal morphogenesis and differentiation. Their goal is to make fully functional prostatic structures in vitro using defined medium.

Epithelial Stromal Interactions: The development of normal and abnormal glandular structures in the prostate is controlled at the endocrine and paracrine levels by reciprocal interactions between epithelium and stroma. His group has developed a method of fresh human prostate tissue acquisition for reproducible isolation of cells from defined histologies and have demonstrated fundamental differences in the inductive capabilities of stromal cells derived from normal or diseased prostatic tissue. Normal stromal cells have no apparent ability to induce epithelial cell growth in a prostate recombination model. Stromal cells derived from benign prostatic hyperplasia induce sharply circumscribed structures. The results support a growing body of work demonstrating that the tumor microenvironment, and specifically, epithelial-mesenchymal interactions are critically important for tumorigenesis. These studies argue that more focused attention should be directed towards the nature of cancer associated stroma. To this end Dr. Cramer and his colleagues plan to compare expression profiles of the normal, BPH and cancer stromal cells to identify candidates for further study using their genetically defined systems.

Current Lab Members

 Results From Personnel : Selected site and subsites
First NameLast NameMiddle InitialDegreePosition
ClaireGilletteMBSProfessional Research Assistant
MeganGoodall PhDPostdoctoral Fellow
LeahRider PhDPostdoctoral Fellow
LinaRomeroM.BSProfessional Research Assistant


Previous Trainees 

 Results From Personnel : Selected site
First NameLast NameMiddle InitialDegreePosition
ValerieBarton BAGraduate Student
MolishreeJoshi PhDPostdoctoral Fellow
JustineMasselliN.MSGraduate Student
LindseyUlkus BSGraduate Student
MinWu PhDPostdoctoral Fellow
Cera MarieNietoL.BSProfessional Research Assistant
AdelaCimic MDPostdoctoral Fellow
AxanovaLinara PhDGraduate Student
SophiaMaund PhDGraduate Student
TatsuyaTakayama PhDPostdoctoral Fellow
Courtneyvon BergenK.MSGraduate Student