Joanna L Groden, PhD

Joanna Groden


College of Medicine


Cancer Biology and Genetics

Academic Title


Research Program

Molecular Biology and Cancer Genetics

Research Interest

Cancer, Adenomatous Polyposis Coli, Bloom Syndrome, Colorectal Cancer, Colonic Cancer, Adenoma, Microsatellite Instability

Joanna Groden, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Cancer Biology and Genetics at Ohio State and a member of the Molecular Biology and Cancer Genetics Program at the OSUCCC – James. She also serves as vice dean of research for Ohio State’s College of Medicine.

Dr. Groden’s research focuses on the study of inherited disorders that increase susceptibility to cancer. In particular, her work explores Bloom syndrome—a disorder that decreases chromosome stability and increases susceptibility to cancer—as well as disorders that make people vulnerable to colorectal cancer, particularly familial adenomatous polyposis coli. She also explores the use of mouse models to learn more about the formation, diagnosis and treatment of human cancers.

One of her recent studies determined microRNA 135b (miR-135b) to be a downstream effector of oncogenic pathways, which means it could be a target for colorectal cancer treatment.

Dr. Groden has authored or co-authored many articles appearing in well-known publications, including Cancer Cell, Mutation Research and The American Journal of Pathology.

Education and Background

Office Location

986 Biomedical Research Tower

460 W 12th Ave, Columbus, OH 43210




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