Avner Friedman, PhD

Avner Friedman


College of Arts & Sciences



Academic Title

Distinguished University Professor

Research Program

Molecular Carcinogenesis and Chemoprevention

Research Interest

Cancer ● Wounds and Injuries ● Carcinoid Tumor ● Glioma ● Glioblastoma ● Anoxia ● Atherosclerosis ● Pneumonia, Pneumocystis

Avner Friedman, PhD, is a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Ohio State, where he also was the founding director of the Mathematical Biosciences Institute (MBI).

As a mathematician, Dr. Friedman brings a singular perspective to his research in the Molecular Carcinogenesis and Chemoprevention Program at the OSUCCC – James. His work focuses on mathematical models of carcinogenesis and hormone therapy in prostate cancer.

One of his recent studies created a mathematical model that revealed a quantitative relation between the diameter of the growing cancer and the total uPAR mass in breast cancer patients. This can be used to identify uPAR as a potential serum biomarker for recurrence of breast cancer.

Dr. Friedman has authored or co-authored more than 20 books and over 440 research papers in such well-respected publications as Mathematical Biosciences and Engineering, Bulletin of Mathematical Biology and Journal of Theoretical Biology. He also has served on several editorial boards.

Office Location

236 Mathematics Building

231 W 18th Ave, Columbus, OH 43210



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