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Project Investigator Biography

Steven Akman, M.D. Steven Akman, M.D.

Wake Forest University Comprehensive Cancer Center
Wake Forest University Health Sciences,
Medical Center Blvd.,
Winston-Salem, NC 27157
phone: (336)716-0231
fax: (336) 716-0255

Dr. Steve Akman is a Professor of Internal Medicine and Cancer Biology at Wake Forest University Health Sciences and the Wake Forest University Comprehensive Cancer Center. He is the Interim Chairman of the Cancer Biology Department, Director of the PhD training program in Cancer Biology, and Principal Investigator of a NCI-supported T32 Institutional Training Grant to train pre and postdoctoral trainees in Cancer Biology. Dr. Akman is also a practicing medical oncologist, specializing in the treatment of patients with breast cancer, and has an active interest in the training of minority scientists, particularly predoctoral PhD candidates, in cancer research. Dr. Akman became Principal Investigator (along with Dr. Mary Smith of North Carolina A&T) of a P20 Partnership between North Carolina A&T and the Wake Forest Cancer Center in September, 2008.

Dr. Akman has a long standing research interest in the field of DNA damage and mutagenesis. He has worked on oxidative injury to DNA, as well as injury caused by environmental chemicals such as acetaldehyde.

Dr. Akman is a strong proponent of the recruitment and retention of underrepresented minority trainees to the Cancer Biology training program at Wake Forest. He has provided leadership and vision to the education of minority undergraduate and graduate students in cancer research, as well as to assist minority research faculty scientists at North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University apply their skills to problems in cancer health disparities.

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Other Project Investigator
Mary A. Smith, Ph.D., M.S.
Updated: 04/30/12