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.

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.

Contact Information

Phone: 1-212-851-4731

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