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Marja T. Nevalainen, MD, PhD


Marja T. Nevalainen, MD, PhD

Professor, Eminent Scholar, Department of Pathology and Pharmacology & Toxicology; Assistant Dean of Research, Medical College of Wisconsin; Director, Prostate Cancer Center of Excellence at Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center

Contact Information


University of Turku, School of Medicine, Turku, Finland, MD
University of Turku, Turku, Finland, Cell Biology, PhD


Marja Nevalainen, MD, PhD, is an internationally recognized leader in the field of cytokine and steroid hormone signaling in prostate cancer. The focus of her laboratory is on translational prostate cancer research to develop and improve diagnostics and therapy for prostate cancer. Dr. Nevalainen holds the title of Eminent Scholar at MCW. She is also Director of Prostate Cancer Center of Excellence at MCW Cancer Center, which is a multi-disciplinary hub for prostate cancer research within the institution with an international collaborative network. Dr. Nevalainen serves as Assistant Dean for Research at MCW, and Associate Director of Education for the MCW Cancer Center. Her primary appointment is in the Department of Pathology, and a secondary appointment in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology. Dr. Nevalainen has extensive experience in collaborative research, mentoring and leadership from her previous roles at Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University as Associate Director of Education and Vice Chair of Education in the Department of Cancer Biology.

Honors and Awards

General Medicine Board Certification

Research Interests

  • Jak-Stat signaling
  • Prostate cancer progression
  • Therapy development
  • Companion diagnostics
  • Predictive Factors
  • DNA repair
  • Radiation therapy
  • In vitro and in vivo models
  • 3D tumor explant culture
  • Epithelial-mesenchymal transition
  • Cancer stem-like cell properties
  • Metastases models
  • Small molecule therapeutics