Cancer/Genetics Research Complex

Cancer/Genetics Research Complex (CGRC) on the campus of the University of Florida, Gainesville

We are the University of Florida Health Cancer Center — more than 250 researchers and clinicians at UF and Shands HealthCare who provide cancer care and conduct research for the prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Activities and programs at the UF Health Cancer Center are acutely focused on the development of early-stage “translational” research aimed at the rapid advancement of scientific discoveries to clinical trials and resulting in improved patient care. Our goal is to generate tomorrow’s answers for today’s patients.

Cancer care is provided by several multidisciplinary teams with growing translational programs including bench to bedside research, drug discovery, and basic sciences analyzing tumor epigenetics, cell growth and biology, experimental and immunological therapeutics, prevention, and programs for underserved populations. Continuous advances are being made in the effort to better understand how to detect, treat and cure cancer.

Toward that end, our center serves as a nucleus of strength for the diverse research and clinical approaches necessary to progressively improve cancer care. Membership includes research and clinical faculty from two campuses, 12 colleges, 72 departments, and two major teaching hospitals — UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville and UF Health Jacksonville — though research activity occurs primarily on the Gainesville campus within the Cancer Genetics Research Complex (GCRC), which also houses the Genetics Institute, and the Interdisciplinary Center for Biotechnology Research. Cancer center space within the GCRC encompasses the center’s administrative suite; 30 laboratories and GMP; 40 faculty offices; shared equipment and storage; and multiple AV-equipped conference/meeting rooms.

UF Health Cancer Center Research Programs

Shared Resources


The UF Health Cancer Center Biostatistics Core provides support for cancer researchers in the areas of biostatistics, epidemiology, health outcomes, healthcare economics, clinical trials, data analysis, and data management. Investigators are encouraged to involve a statistician in the early stages of experimental or proposal design. Cancer center members may be eligible to receive services at little or no cost. To request services, email Dr. Myron Chang at

Clinical Trials Office

The Clinical Trials Office (CTO) mission is to support principle investigators. The CTO maintains an overall responsibility for the performance of clinical trials conducted by cancer center investigators and provides coordination and administrative support for the center’s scientific review process and Data and Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB). The cancer center is an active participant in several nationally-recognized cooperative groups and consortiums. For information or to request services, email Dr. Giselle Moore Higgs at

Structure-Based Drug Design Lab

The goal of the lab is to assist medical researchers with novel drug discovery and development. Pursuant to this goal, the lab specializes in three primary tasks: lead discovery, lead optimization, and x-ray crystallography. Please visit the lab website for more information.


Become a part of the UF Health Cancer Center effort to generate tomorrow’s answers for today’s patients. Call (352) 273-8010, or visit