David Cortez, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Biochemistry
Richard Armstrong Professor for Innovation in Biochemistry
Associate Director for Basic Research and Co-Leader, Genome Maintenance Program in the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Dr. Cortez graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana with Highest Honors in Biology and Biochemistry. He received his Ph.D. degree in 1997 in Molecular Cancer Biology from Duke University. After post-doctoral training as a Jane Coffin Childs Fellow with Stephen Elledge at the Baylor College of Medicine he joined the Vanderbilt faculty in 2002. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2007 and Professor of Biochemistry and Ingram Professor of Cancer Research in 2009. He is now the Richard Armstrong Professor for Innovation in Biochemistry, Chair of the Department of Biochemistry, and Associate Director for Basic Research and Co-Leader of the Genome Maintenance Program in the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. He is a member of the Editorial Boards of the journals Science Advances, Cell Reports and Molecular and Cellular Biology.
Nancy Zhao, Research Assistant
Jorge Rua-Fernandez, Student
Madison Adolph, Post-doctoral fellow
Courtney Lovejoy, Research Assistant Professor
Matthew Cranford, Post-doctoral Fellow (not pictured)
Gabriela Gonzalez, Graduate student
Sander Haigh, Graduate student (not pictured)
Celeste Giansanti, Postdoc (not pictured)
Yasemin Baris, Postdoc (not pictured)