Translational Oncology Research Labs

Translational Oncology Program (TOP)

In May 2012 Dr. Wicha relocated his Experimental Breast Cancer Research Laboratories and more than forty researchers to the North Campus Research Complex (NCRC) buildings 26 and 20W and established the Translational Oncology Program (TOP). With the formation of the TOP, Dr. Wicha has engaged the interest of the best and brightest CSC researchers to the NCRC.  The TOP will be directed by pioneering CSC investigator Dr. Diane Simeone, whose pancreas CSC research is world renowned. In Dr. Wicha's words, “ In many ways, the NCRC embodies the very best of Michigan and epitomizes what sets our institution apart – our ability to focus the efforts of the top minds in diverse fields to find answers to society’s greatest challenges.”

The TOP seeks to drive innovative cancer therapies and is uniquely qualified with numerous leading laboratories in CSC research. TOP investigators are presently exploring cancers of the breast, lung, pancreas, head and neck, colon, prostate and thyroid. By working together and sharing the ample scientific resources of the NCRC, TOP scientists can make progress more rapidly than would be possible by working alone. It is hoped this collaborative approach will revolutionize cancer treatments by targeting and destroying the cells responsible for disease recurrence and metastasis.

Day Lab

Duckett Lab

Ljungman Lab

Lawlor Lab

Nagrath Lab

Pasca Lab


U-M collaborators

Weiss Lab

Takayama Lab

Lahann Lab

Yoon Research Group

Keller Lab

Dr. Qiao Li


External collaborators

Dr. Suling Liu, School of Life Sciences, University of Science and Technology of China

Related research

BioInterfaces Institute

Michigan Center for Translational Pathology

TumorGen MDx

North Campus Research Complex (NCRC) and lab space maps

North Campus Research Complex (NCRC)




Health System

University of Michigan Medical Center

Key Office

University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center (CCC)

UMHS Volunteer Services


Other campus maps and resources

Basic Sciences Research Building (BSRB)


Parking and transportation

Parking and transportation services

Medical Campus parking

Central Campus and North Campus