The mission of the Pancreatic Cancer Signature Center is to advance knowledge from bench to bedside to practice in a bi-directional manner that facilitates a consistent and productive exchange of ideas between clinicians, clinical investigators, physician-scientists and basic scientists from a variety of disciplines. Our inter-disciplinary collaborations will lead to improved understanding of the pathobiology of pancreatic cancer and will promote novel approaches for the early diagnosis, prevention and treatment of this malignancy. It is our hope that we will be able to markedly increase patient survival and quality of life, establishing therapeutic paradigms that will also positively impact the treatment of other cancers.

Pancreatic Cancer Signature Center membersMembers of the Pancreatic Cancer Signature Center represent multi-site, multi-institutional basic, translational, clinical and behavioral science investigators.


Develop and improve therapies for pancreatic cancer patients using a multi-targeted, multi-investigator approach

Goals of Signature Center Grant
Support of infrastructure needed to advance collaborative research projects (publications and grants)
  • Fosters team science and provides the tools needed for advancement of research
Community engagement
  • Increase visibility, clinical trial enrollment, patient tissue sample collection
Development of junior faculty
  • Fosters team science
Provide the foundation to eventual self-sustainment (PPG and/or SPORE)


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Clinical trials

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The following people are members of the Pancreatic Cancer Signature Center.

Jake Chen, PhD

Ji-Xin, Cheng, PhD
Purdue Investigator

Gabriela Chiorean, MD   
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Kai-Ming Chou, PhD

Robert Considine, PhD    

Oscar Cummings, MD

John DeWitt, MD

Melissa Fishel, PhD

Tatiana Foroud, PhD

Bumsoo Han, PhD

Jiali Han, PhD

Reginald Hill, PhD   
Mike and Josie Harper Cancer Research Institute

Barbara Hocevar, PhD  
IU Bloomington School of Public Health

Michael House, MD

Gary Hutchins, PhD

Mircea Ivan, MD, PhD

Lisa Kamendulis, PhD
IU Bloomington School of Public Health

Mark Kelley, PhD
Associate Director, Pancreatic Cancer Signature Center

James Klaunig, PhD  
IU Bloomington School of Public Health

Leonidas Koniaris, MD

Stephen Konieczny, PhD   
Purdue University

Murray Korc, MD
Director, Pancreatic Cancer Signature Center

Janaiah Kota, PhD

Glen Lehman, MD

Suthat Liangpunsakul, MD

Lang Li, PhD

Chien-Chi Lin, PhD

Xiaoqi Liu, PhD  
Purdue University

Yunlong Liu, PhD

Patrick Loehrer Sr., MD 

Tao Lu, PhD

Marc Mendonca, PhD