Erik Knudsen, PhD

Professor, Medicine
Associate Director for Basic Research, University of Arizona Cancer Center
Phone Number: 
(520) 626-5566
Professional Bio: 

Erik Knudsen, Ph.D., is an established and highly successful investigator. After training at UCSD and serving five years as a faculty member at the University of Cincinnati, Dr. Knudsen joined Thomas Jefferson University, advancing to Professor of Cancer Biology in 2007. He served as Deputy Director for Basic Research at the Kimmel Cancer Center and Vice Chair for Academic Affairs in the Department of Cell Biology.

His research focuses on cell cycle regulation and the functional role of the Rb protein. Of late, he has become increasingly translational, teaming with Agnes Witkiewicz, M.D., to identify novel biomarkers informative for the prognosis of breast cancer.

He is the author and co-author of 108 papers.

Clinical Information

Disease or Clinical Specialty: 
Pancreatic Cancer

Research Information

Research Program: 
Cancer Biology
Membership Type: 
Research Member
Year of Membership Acceptance: 

Professional Information

Positions and Honors: 

Undergraduate Fellowship, National Science Foundation, 1989
Kimmel Scholar Award, Sidney Kimmel Foundation for Cancer Research, 1999
Research Scholar, American Cancer Society 2000
Dr. J.P. Minton Research Medal, American Cancer Society-Ohio 2002
Hearin Distinguished Lectureship, University of Mississippi, 2012
Hilary Koprowski, Chair in Cancer Biology, Thomas Jefferson University 2012
Charles Ashworth, Chair in Pathology, UT Southwestern Medical Center 2013

Academic Information

Cancer Center, University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA
University of California, San Diego, CA
Undergraduate School: 
University of Washington, Seattle