Michael B. Lilly, MD is a noted translational cancer researcher and urologic oncologist. He will co-lead the cancer center’s translational research program at Hollings Cancer Center. Dr. Lilly will also see patients with advanced prostate cancer at Hollings and the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center. Dr. Lilly recently assumed the position of Associate Director for Translational Research at MUSC's Hollings Cancer Center.
Lilly is a recognized expert in the field of targeted therapeutics. Specifically, he has focused on stress response pathways that are triggered in cancer cells and which contribute to resistance to cancer therapy. Many stresses (including the stresses generated by cancer treatment) lead cells to activate defense pathways that allow them to survive the stress.
Lilly holds significant funding from the US Department of Defense and the biotech industry. His lab will establish Hollings as the headquarters of a nationwide consortium to carry out a clinical trial in men with castration-resistant prostate cancer previously treated with chemotherapy. His team, in collaboration with UCLA, will work to identify additional ways of improving outcomes for those patients.
Dr. Lilly, a professor of Medicine, was recruited from the University of California, Irvine, where he most recently served as vice chief for Clinical Programs in the Division of Hematology/Oncology. He also served as co-leader for the Translational Oncology Program and the Prostate Translational Working Group. Prior to his tenure at the University of California, Irvine, Lilly spent eight years at the Loma Linda University School of Medicine where his leadership roles included director at the Center for Molecular Biology and Gene Therapy.
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