Howard Shen

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Instructor

Dr. Shen received his Ph.D. from University of Southern California and postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School and USC. His doctoral work focused on characterizing peptide regions of the androgen receptor (AR) protein as potential targets for disrupting receptor function in prostate tumors. During his postdoctoral training at Harvard he co-developed a computational platform for identifying novel small drug-like molecules that antagonize the AR ligand-binding domain. Dr. Shen shares a patent on several of these structures that have potential to be further developed as clinical therapeutic agents. During his postdoctoral training at USC Dr. Shen worked to identify the molecular mechanisms by which single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) identified via genome-wide association studies modify ovarian cancer risk. Dr. Shen has co-authored numerous reports on these findings in journals such as Cancer Cell and Nature Genetics. Dr. Shen brings his expertise as a science educator and researcher to the undergraduate Molecular Cell Biology program in which he teaches the capstone "Biology of Cancer" course (MCB / BIOL 472) as well as courses in cell & molecular biology (BIOL 275) and immunology (MCB / MICR 461).

hshen@hawaii.edu
808-861-0660
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Courses Taught

FALL

BIOL 275 Cell and Molecular Biology
MCB / MICR 461 Immunology
MCB / BIOL 472 Biology of Cancer

SPRING

BIOL 275 Cell and Molecular Biology
MCB / MICR 461 Immunology
MCB / BIOL 472 Biology of Cancer