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Dr. Ivana Vancurova
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Professor of Biology
St. John's University
Department of Biological Sciences
8000 Utopia Parkway,
Queens, NY 11439

718 990-6409
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SJU Science Honors Program for High School Students


IL-8 in PMN


Interleukin-8 in LPS-stimulated human neutrophil



Laboratory of Tumor Immunology

Our research focuses on understanding the transcriptional regulation of pro-inflammatory and anti-apoptotic genes. This is important in metastatic cancer cells but also in activated white blood cells and chronic inflammatory disorders. Our ongoing studies focus on two principal issues: 1) What are the mechanisms regulating expression of pro-inflammatory and pro-angiogenic chemokines in cancer cells and activated human leukocytes? 2) What are the molecular mechanisms regulating transcription of anti-inflammatory genes in human leukocytes? To answer these questions, we use novel and standard approaches of immunology, molecular and cell biology, and biochemistry.

In addition, we collaborate with our colleagues from Stony Brook Medical School, Harvard Medical School, and Feinstein Institute for Medical Research.

This research has been published in over 55 research articles and continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health over the past ten years.





National Institute of Child and Human Development

National Institute of General Medical Sciences

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

National Cancer Institute



Undergraduate Immunology, BIO-3460

Immune System in Human Disease, BIO-2290

Graduate Immunology, BIO-250



Former Lab Members

Dr. Hai-Yen Vu, 2008, University of Chicago
Dr. Chandra C. Ghosh, 2009, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Ashish Juvekar, 2010, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Sitharam Ramaswami, 2011, Columbia Medical School
Shannon Sanacora and Peggy Chang

Current Lab Members

From left to right: Bipra Singha, Subrata Manna, Tzu-Pei Chang, Shannon Sanacora

The most remarkable lecture on human brain


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