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Michael B. Dwinell, PhD

Michael Dwinell, PhD

Michael B. Dwinell, PhD

Professor; Founding Director, Center for Immunology; Director, Bobbie Nick Voss Laboratory for Colon Cancer Research; Leader, Molecular Cancer Therapeutics


  • Microbiology & Immunology
    TBRC C3860

Contact Information

General Interests

Inflammation and Immunology, Cancer Biology


PhD, GI Pathophysiology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1996

Research Experience

  • Carcinoma
  • Carcinoma, Pancreatic Ductal
  • Cell Line, Tumor
  • Cell Movement
  • Cell Proliferation
  • Chemokine CXCL12
  • Chemokines
  • Chemokines, CC
  • Chemokines, CXC
  • Cytokines
  • Defensins
  • Energy Metabolism

Research Interests

Dwinell Lab

Dwinell Laboratory: Bobbie Nick Voss Laboratory for Colon Cancer Research

Research in the Dwinell laboratory seeks to define the role for extracellular mediators in the progression and metastasis of solid and hematological cancers. Additional studies are examining the role for metabolic reprogramming to influence tumor progression and exploring new mitochondria-targeted compounds as inhibitors of cancer progression. Human and murine 2D and 3D cell culture systems and preclinical models are being used to investigate the cellular, biochemical, and metabolic signaling pathways that regulate cellular proliferation, programmed cell death and motility in inflammation and cancer. Pharmacokinetic / pharmacodynamics, toxicity and potency / efficacy studies following treatment with small molecule or biologic compounds are also being completed. These translational research studies are multidisciplinary and include molecular cloning, cell culture, biochemical assays and signal processing, histopathology, flow cytometry, and small animal imaging and handling. Completion of these studies will strengthen our identification of new targets for therapeutic intervention to improve human improve human health. There are currently two major research directions in the laboratory.

Research in the Dwinell laboratory is supported through grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center and philanthropic donations.