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Ben Z. Stanger, MD, PhD

Ben Z. Stanger, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania, Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute​
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Dr. Stanger is Assistant Professor of Medicine and Cell and Developmental Biology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is also an Assistant Investigator in the Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute. Dr. Stanger earned his S.B. in Life Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1988 and a combined M.D. and Ph.D. from Harvard Medical School, where he worked on mechanisms of apoptosis with Dr. Philip Leder. He then went on to complete a residency in Internal Medicine at UCSF and a fellowship in Gastroenterology at the Massachusetts General Hospital, where his postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Douglas Melton focused on mechanisms of pancreatic development and growth. He was Instructor at Harvard Medical School from 2003-2006 until his move to the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Stanger’s research program bridges the fields of developmental biology, cancer biology, and regenerative medicine. Focusing on the pancreas and the liver, his laboratory is focused on understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie cancer metastasis. To study the process, his group utilizes mouse models to examine cellular behavior during cancer progression. In addition, his group uses insights learned from basic studies of liver and pancreas development to understand how these tissues regenerate following injury. He was named a Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences in 2009 and was elected to the American Society of Clinical Investigation in 2011.