Cory Abate-Shen, PhD

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Cory Abate-Shen, Ph.D., joined the faculty of Columbia University Medical Center and the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center in 2007. A leader in the field of urological oncology, Dr. Abate-Shen is the Michael and Stella Chernow Professor of Urologic Sciences, director of research in the Department of Urology, and an associate director of HICCC and leader of its Prostate Program.

Dr. Abate-Shen obtained her Ph.D. at Cornell University Medical College, and pursued her postdoctoral training with Tom Curran at the Roche Institute of Molecular Biology. In 1991, she joined the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School as an assistant professor. She rose to the rank of professor by 2001, and was appointed chief of a new Division in the Department of Medicine in 2002. Dr. Abate-Shen also created the Prostate Program for the Cancer Institute of New Jersey and served as its co-leader from 1999 to 2007.

Among her various honors and awards, she has recently been selected as an American Cancer Society Research Professor, the first ever at Columbia University Medical School.


Academic Appointments

  • Professor of Pharmacology and Robert Sonneborn Professor of Medicine
  • Professor of Urologic Sciences (in Urology)
  • Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology and of Systems Biology (in the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Institute for Cancer Genetics)
  • Chair, Department of Pharmacology


Dr. Abate-Shen’s research focuses on the molecular mechanisms of cancer development. She has a longstanding commitment to the generation of mouse models of cancer and their effective use for translational research. Her major research interests are in the area of genitourological cancer. Most notably, her laboratory has developed novel models of prostate and bladder cancer, which have been utilized for investigating the molecular basis of the disease as well as preclinical models for evaluating new therapies.

Research Interests

  • Genitourinary cancer development
  • Molecular mechanisms of cancer development