Researcher’s Profile

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Edward P. Gelmann, MD

Deputy Director for Clinical Research, Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center

Edward P. Gelmann, M.D. is the Deputy Director for Clinical Research in the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center and at Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Gelmann primarily cares for patients with genitourinary malignancies including prostate, testicular, bladder, and renal cell cancers.

Dr. Gelmann received his undergraduate degree from Yale College, B.S. magna cum laude, and later matriculated at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Gelmann received his Internal Medicine training at the University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics. He then joined the US Public Health Service to train as a fellow in Medical Oncology at the National Cancer Institute. After becoming an established researcher at the NCI by his work in the molecular biology of solid tumors, Dr. Gelmann moved to Georgetown University where he assumed the role of Chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology. Dr. Gelmann has done clinical, early detection, and basic science research primarily in prostate cancer. His laboratory has made major contributions to our understanding of the genetic steps that transform a normal prostate cell to a cancer cell. Dr. Gelmann remains actively involved in pre- and postdoctoral education, teaching graduate students, house staff, and fellows.


Research Statement: 

We have generated most of the data showing that NKX3.1 is a haploinsufficient suppressor gene that is inactivated in the majority of human prostate cancers. We currently are determining the mechanism of action of NKX3.1 and how it maintains differentiation, controls cell proliferation, and protects against DNA damage. We are also developing novel therapeutic targets in order to increase cellular levels of the protein to treat or prevent prostate cancer.