Anne Cress, PhD

Deputy Dean, Research Affairs
Professor, Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Professor, Radiation Oncology
Professor, Molecular and Cellular Biology
Research Interests: 

My research is to understand the molecular mechanisms of cell adhesion and human tumor metastasis. We discovered cell adhesion adaptive responses of tumors dependent upon adhesion receptors called integrins. The adaptive responses are essential for normal tissue development but are used for nepharious purposes in cancer. We use tools of biochemistry, cell biology and genetics.

Molecular Medicine Grad Program: 



Wang, M., R. B. Nagle, B. S. Knudsen, G. C. Rogers, and A. E. Cress, "A basal cell defect promotes budding of prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia.", J Cell Sci, Jan 1, 2017. PMCID: PMC5394777  PMID: 27609833


WL, H., and P. E, Laminin-binding integrin gene copy number alterations in distinct epithelial-type cancers. Am J Transl Res 2016;8(2):940-954., , 2016.
Sroka, I. C., H. Chopra, L. Das, J. M. C. Gard, R. B. Nagle, and A. E. Cress, "Schwann Cells Increase Prostate and Pancreatic Tumor Cell Invasion Using Laminin Binding A6 Integrin.", J Cell Biochem, vol. 117, issue 2, pp. 491-9, 2016 Feb. PMCID: PMC4809241  PMID: 26239765


Geffre, C. P., E. Pond, G. D. Pond, I. C. Sroka, J. M. Gard, B. A. Skovan, W. E. Meek, T. H. Landowski, R. B. Nagle, and A. E. Cress, "Combined micro CT and histopathology for evaluation of skeletal metastasis in live animals.", Am J Transl Res, vol. 7, issue 2, pp. 348-55, 2015. PMCID: PMC4399097  PMID: 25901201
Chen, W., Y. Epshtein, X. Ni, R. O. Dull, A. E. Cress, J. G. N. Garcia, and J. R. Jacobson, "Role of Integrin β4 in Lung Endothelial Cell Inflammatory Responses to Mechanical Stress.", Sci Rep, vol. 5, pp. 16529, 2015. PMCID: PMC4647208  PMID: 26572585


Landowski, T. H., J. Gard, E. Pond, G. D. Pond, R. B. Nagle, C. P. Geffre, and A. E. Cress, "Targeting integrin α6 stimulates curative-type bone metastasis lesions in a xenograft model.", Mol Cancer Ther, vol. 13, issue 6, pp. 1558-66, 2014 Jun. PMCID: PMC4069206  PMID: 24739392