Cancer Biomarkers

According to the National Cancer Institute, a cancer biomarker is a biological molecule found in blood, other body fluids, or tissues that is a sign of a normal or abnormal process, or of a condition or disease. A biomarker may be used to see how well the body responds to a treatment for a disease or condition.

Cancer Center at Illinois researchers are conducting research to determine biomarkers for cancer — leading to earlier detection and improved cancer risk assessments for individuals, and they are creating innovative technologies to test for specific cancer biomarkers.


Electrical & Computer Engineering, Biochemistry, Statistics, Bioengineering


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Brian Cunningham

Program Leader, Cancer Measurement Technology

Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering; Professor, Bioengineering

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Emad Tajkhorshid

Professor, Biochemistry

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Sihai Zhao

Associate Professor, Statistics