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.

Education and Background

Office Location

236 Mathematics Building

231 W 18th Ave, Columbus, OH 43210



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