Matthew Dean

Matthew Dean

Assistant Professor, Animal Sciences

Areas of Research

Ovarian Cancer

Matthew Dean studies the early events in the disease development of ovarian cancer. His research lab is working to understand how tumor cells recruit cancer associated fibroblasts and remodel the extracellular matrix in the ovary during colonization. His goal is to study how the ovary is remodeled during the development of high-grade serous ovarian tumors so that in the long-term the lab can understand molecular underpinnings of fertility and gynecologic cancer to develop new treatments. He also studies how nutrients and glucose are taken up by the uterus and used by the embryo and endometrium during early pregnancy to uncover ways to increase fertility in humans and livestock. 

Matthew Jordan Dean, PhD, received his BS and MS from West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV in 2006 and 2009. He received his PhD from Idaho State University in Pocatello, ID in 2014. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. His research has won national awards from the Society for the Study of Reproduction and The Endocrine Society for his research.