H. Rex Gaskins
H. Rex Gaskins obtained his PhD in cell biology from the University of Georgia in 1989. From 1989-92, he completed postdoctoral studies in immunology and genetics at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine. He joined the faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1992 and is a professor with appointments in the Departments of Animal Sciences and Pathobiology, the Division of Nutritional Sciences, and the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology.
Research in his laboratory focuses on host-intestinal microbe interactions relevant to colorectal cancer with a particular interest in microbial sulfur metabolism. Efforts to understand colonic mucosal responses to hydrogen sulfide led to further interest in redox regulation of tumorigenesis resulting in a long-time collaboration with bioengineering faculty at Illinois to create genetically-encoded biosensors and engineered platforms for the study of redox poise in subcellular compartments in live cells. Professor Gaskins has authored 157 research publications and has won numerous awards including, the Distinguished Scientist Award from the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine in 2016. Professor Gaskins serves as Deputy Director of the NIH-supported Tissue Microenvironment Training Program and chairs the Steering Committee of the Cancer Center at Illinois.