National Cancer InstituteU.S. National Institutes of Healthwww.cancer.gov
Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities logo

Project Investigator Biography

Samuel Evans Adunyah, Ph.D. Samuel Evans Adunyah, Ph.D.

Meharry Medical College
Dept. of Biochemistry,
1005 Dr. D B Todd Jr. Blvd., 3228 WSB Building,
Nashville, TN 37208
phone: (615) 327-6345
fax: (615) 327-6440
email: sadunyah@mmc.edu

Dr. Samuel Evans Adunyah is a Full Professor of Biochemistry and Distinguished Chairman of the Department of Cancer Biology at Meharry Medical College (MMC). He is also an Alumni Fellow of the University of Louisville, KY. Dr. Adunyah is also an educator and plays a key role in the training of African-Americans and other minorities in areas of medicine and biomedical research. Dr. Adunyah has received numerous awards and honors from MMC, and serves on a number of NIH study sections, as well as holding memberships in the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), American Society of Hematology (ASH), American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) and International Society for Interferon and Cytokine Research (ISICR).

Dr. Adunyah’s research focuses on understanding how small immune response molecules called cytokines modulate the function of the immune system as well as play a role in cancer and biology of leukemia cells.

Dr. Adunyah is the Co-Principal Investigator of the NCI U54 Cancer Grant to the Meharry Medical College-Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (MMC-VICC) Cancer Partnership to reduce cancer health disparities in African-Africans. The research focus of the MMC-VICC PACHE partnership emphasizes basic science research on breast and prostate cacner, enhanced minority accrual into national oncology clinical trials, population research and community outreach programs among African Americans. The education component of the partnership provides support for minorities in Ph.D. training in cancer biology, as well as support for two clinical oncology fellows.

Dr. Adunyah received his Ph.D. degree in biochemistry from the University of Louisville, KY. He completed postdoctoral research training in cancer research at the Cancer Research and Treatment Center at Albuquerque, School of Medicine, University of New Mexico. He then joined the Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham first as a Senior Research Associate, and then, as a Research Instructor prior to joining MMC as a Tenured Track Assistant Professor.

View Partnership Abstract Description

Other Project Investigator
Harold Moses, M.D.
Updated: 05/30/13