Cory Abate-Shen, PhD

Cory Abate-Shen joined the faculty of Columbia University Medical Center and the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center (HICCC) in 2007. A leader in the field of urological oncology, Dr. Abate-Shen is the Michael and Stella Chernow Professor of Urologic Sciences, director of research in the Department of Urology, and an associate director of HICCC and leader of its Prostate Program. Dr. Abate-Shen’s research focuses on the molecular mechanisms of cancer development. She has a longstanding commitment to the generation of mouse models of cancer and their effective use for translational research. Her major research interests are in the area of genitourological cancer. Most notably, her laboratory has developed novel models of prostate and bladder cancer, which have been utilized for investigating the molecular basis of the disease as well as preclinical models for evaluating new therapies.

Dr. Abate-Shen obtained her PhD at Cornell University Medical College, and pursued her postdoctoral training with Tom Curran at the Roche Institute of Molecular Biology. In 1991, she joined the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School as an assistant professor. She rose to the rank of professor by 2001, and was appointed chief of a new Division in the Department of Medicine in 2002. Dr. Abate-Shen also created the Prostate Program for the Cancer Institute of New Jersey and served as its co-leader from 1999 to 2007.

Among her various honors and awards, Dr. Abate-Shen has recently been selected as an American Cancer Society Research Professor, the first ever at Columbia University Medical School, and an Innovator Award from the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN). She has been highly successful in obtaining federal grant funding and is currently principal investigator on five federal grants including two multi-investigator awards from the National Cancer Institute’s Mouse Models of Human Cancer research program. In addition, she has received funding from several foundations including the March of Dimes, the New Jersey Commission on Cancer Research, the Gustave and Louise Pfeiffer Research Foundation, and the Prostate Cancer Foundation. Recently, Dr. Abate-Shen was elected to the American Association for Cancer Research Board of Directors. 

Dr. Abate-Shen has been invited to present her work at more than 100 institutions and conferences in the United States and in Europe and has organized symposia, scientific conferences and “think tanks” for the American Association of Cancer Research, the Jackson Laboratories and the National Cancer Institute. She has contributed influential and highly cited reviews for Nature, Nature Reviews Cancer, Genes and Development, and Cancer Cell. Dr. Abate-Shen serves on the editorial board of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Cancer Research, and is a senior editor of Cancer Prevention Research.

As a teacher and mentor, Dr. Abate-Shen has trained eight PhD students, more than thirty postdoctoral fellows and numerous medical and undergraduate students. Most of her trainees have been successful in receiving grant funding and obtaining independent positions in academia or industry, and have been the recipients of numerous awards and fellowships.

 

Positions and Employment:

1983 – 1988 Graduate Research Assistant, Laboratory of Molecular Neurobiology, Cornell University Medical College (Mentor: Tong H. Joh)

1988 – 1991 Postdoctoral Fellow, Molecular Oncology & Virology, Roche Inst. of Molecular Biology (Mentor: Tom Curran)

1991 – 1997 Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

1991 – 2007 Resident Member, Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine

1995 – 2007 Member, The Cancer Institute of New Jersey

1997 – 2002 Associate Professor (with Tenure), Department of Neuroscience, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

1999 – 2007 Scientific Leader, Prostate Cancer Program, The Cancer Institute of New Jersey

2001 – 2007 Professor, Departments of Medicine and Neuroscience, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

2002 – 2007 Chief, Division of Developmental Medicine and Research, Department of Medicine, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

2007 – present Professor, Departments of Urology and Pathology & Cell Biology, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

2008 – 2011 Associate Director for Education, Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

2011 – present Leader, Prostate Program, Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

2011 – 2012 Interim Director, Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

2012 – present Associate Director for Translational Research, Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

2013 – present Professor, Department of Systems Biology, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

2017-present Board of Directors, American Association for Cancer Research

Other Experience and Professional Activities:

1999 – 2014 Member (1999 – 2014) and Co-Chair (2009 – 2014), Steering Committee, NCI Mouse Models for Human Cancer Consortium

2000 – 2013 Associate Editor, Cancer Research

2006 – 2011 Member, National Cancer Institute (NCI), Board of Scientific Counselors

2008, 2009, 2011 Ad Hoc Member, DOD, Prostate Cancer Research Program, Integration Review Committee

2008 – present Founding Deputy Editor, Cancer Prevention Research

2012 Program Chairperson, AACR Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Annual Meeting

2012, 2016 Program Committee Co-Chairperson, AACR Annual Meeting

2014, 2015 Ad Hoc Member, DOD, Prostate Cancer Research Program, Review Committee

2013 Program Chairperson, AACR Special Conference: Translational Impact of Model Organisms of Cancer

2015 – 2019 Member, Molecular Oncogenesis Study Section, NIH Center for Scientific Review

Honors and Awards:

1983 Summa Cum Laude, Fordham University

1987 Vincent du Vigneaud Award for Excellence in Graduate Research, Cornell University

1992 – 1995 Sinsheimer Scholar Award

1993 Women in Cell Biology Junior Achievement Award, American Society for Cell Biology

1993 – 1998 National Science Foundation (NSF) Young Investigator Award

2007 – present Michael and Stella Chernow Endowed Chair

2011 – 2016 American Cancer Society Research Professor

2015 – 2017 Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network Innovator Award


Contact Information

Phone: 1-212-851-4731
Email: cabateshen@columbia.edu

Cory Abate-Shen, PhD
Columbia University Medical Center
Irving Cancer Research Center
1130 St. Nicholas Ave., Room 321B
New York NY 10032