Susanne Wells, PhD

Director, Epithelial Carcinogenesis and Stem Cell Program

Academic Affiliations

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-636-5986

Fax 513-636-3549


Squamous cell carcinoma; mechanisms by which the HPV oncogenes subvert the host cell machinery to promote abnormal cell growth and cancer; role of specific cellular HPV targets in viral replication and cellular transformation

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Susanne Wells graduated from the University of Konstanz, Germany, with a degree in biology. She completed her PhD in molecular biology at the State University of Stony Brook, NY, and her postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School, MA. Dr. Wells moved to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in 2002 to study human papillomavirus infection and associated carcinogenesis.
BS: Biology, University of Konstanz, Germany, 1992.

PhD: Molecular Genetics, State University of Stony Brook, NY, 1997.

Postdoctoral Fellowship: Molecular Virology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.

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Bahassi M, Li YQ, Wise-Draper TM, Deng L, Wang J, Darnell CN, Wilson KM, Wells SI, Stambrook PJ. Rixe O.  A patient-derived somatic mutation in the epidural growth factor ligand-binding domain confers increased sensitivity to cetuximab in heck and neck cancer. European J Cancer. 2013 Jul:49(10):2345-55.

Privette Vinnedge LM, Ho SM. Wikenheiser-Brokamp KA, Wells SI. The DEK oncogene is a target of steroid hormone receptor signaling in breast cancer. PLoS One. 2012;7(10):e46985.

Hoskins EE, Morreale RJ, Werner SP, Higginbotham JM, Laimins LA, Lambert PF, Brown DR, Gillison ML, Nuovo GJ, Witte DP, Kim MO, Davies SM, Mehta PA, Butsch Kovacic M, Wikenheiser-Brokamp KA, Wells SI. The Fanconi anemia pathway limits human papillomavirus replication. J Virol. 2012 Aug;86(15);8131-8.

Wise-Draper TM, Draper DJ, Gutkind JS, Molinolo AA, Wikenheiser-Brokamp KA, Wells SI, Future directions  and treatment strategies for head and neck squamous cell carcinomas. Transl Res. 2012 Sep;160(3):167-77.

Morrison MA, Morreale RJ, Akunuru S, Kofron M, Zheng Y, Wells SI. Targeting the human papillomavirus E6 and E7 oncogenes through  expression of the BPV1 E2 protein stimulates cellular motility. J Virol. 2011 Oct;85(20):10487-98.

Myers KC, Bleesing JJ, Davies SM, Zhang X, Martin LJ, Mueller R, Harris RE, Filipovich AH, Kovacic MB, Wells SI, Mehta PA.  Impaired immune function in children with Fanconi anaemia. Br J Haematol. 2011 Jul;154(2):234-40.

Kavanaugh GM, Wise-Draper TM, Morreale RJ, Morrison MA, Gole B, Schwemberger S, Tichy ED, Lu L, Babcock GF, Wells JM, Drissi R, Bissler JJ, Stambrook PJ, Andreassen PR, Wiesmuller L, Wells SI. The human DEK oncogene regulates DNA damage response signaling and repair. Nucl Acids Res. 2011 Sep 1;39(17):7465-76.

Privette Vinnedge LM, McClaine R, Wagh PK, Wikenheiser-Brokamp KA, Waltz SE, Wells SI. The human DEK oncogene stimulates β-catenin signaling, invasion and mammosphere formation in breast cancer. Oncogene. 2011 Jun 16;30:2741-52.

Spence JR, Mayhew CN, Rankin SA, Kuhar MF, Vallance JE, Toile K, Hoskins EE, Kalinichenko VV, Wells SI, Zorn AM, Shroyer NF, Wells JM. Directed differentiation of human pluripotent stem cells into intestinal tissue in vitro. Nature. 2011 Feb 3;470(733):105-9.

Meyer SE, Peace BE, Bahassi el M, Kavanaugh GM, Wagh PK, Robbins SB, Yin M,Wells SI, Zinser GM, Stambrook PJ, Waltz SE. Chk2*1100delC Acts in synergy with the Ron receptor tyrosine kinase to accelerate mammary tumorigenesis in mice. Cancer Lett. 2010 Oct 28;296(2):186-93.

Role and regulation of the human DEK proto-oncogene. Principal Investigator. National Institutes of Health. 2012-2017. 2R01 CA116316.