The Center For Cancer and Metabolism (CCM) currently supports four research projects from junior faculty members at UK whose research is dedicated to defining the role of metabolism in the development and treatment of cancer. Because these research projects are led by junior faculty / early-stage investigators, the CCM is heavily focused on developing their independent research careers and jump-starting their research into this exciting new area of cancer research. Support from the CCM, which provides them with rich mentoring experiences from both basic and clinical researchers, enhances their success in competing for eventual independent, extramural grant support.

Select each investigator's project below to learn more.

Current Project Lead Investigators

  1. Role of vitamin D in protecting against cachexia in cancer patients
    Travis Thomas, PhD, RD, CSSD
  2. An intra-vital metabolic microscope to reveal the mechanisms of radiation resistance in head and neck carcinomas
    Caigang Zhu, PhD
  3. Mitochondrial heat shock protein 90 as a novel target for radiation resistant prostate cancer treatment
    Luksana Chaiswing, PhD
  4. Role of fatty acid synthase in colorectal cancer
    Yekaterina "Kate" Zaytseva, PhD

Travis Thomas

Caigang Zhu

Luksana Chaiswing

Kate Zaytseva