Department of Radiation and Cellular Oncology
Robert K. Chin’s research focuses on the demonstration of a crucial element of the cancer stem cell hypothesis, that of identification of a developmental hierarchy. The particular clinical features of bladder cancer have made it an attractive model of investigation. Recent insights into this hierarchy in the setting of malignancy produced a range of potential molecular targets for screening, diagnosis, prognosis, and therapy. He has used this insight to inform understanding of the developmental steps required for formation of the normal bladder urothelium. The strategies and techniques pioneered in these studies are readily applicable to other cancer sites. In the future, Chin will work to translate these basic science insights into clinical advances, for example, in improved treatment algorithms and biologically targeted therapy.
Chin participated in the Holman Research Pathway, sponsored by the American Board of Radiology. He received research grants from the Radiological Society of North America and was awarded the Leon O. Jacobson Basic Science Prize. He earned an MD as well as a PhD in immunology from the University of Chicago. He also holds a BA in philosophy from the Johns Hopkins University.
Chin joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2012.