Richard D. Cummings, PhD

Titles and Roles

William Patterson Timmie Professor and Chair, Department of Biochemistry
Emory University School of Medicine
Co-Director of the Glycomics Center
Emory University School of Medicine
Research Program
Cancer Cell Biology


Before moving to Emory University, Dr. Cummings was the Ed Miller Endowed Chair in Molecular Biology, the George Lynn Cross Professor in Biochemistry, and Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, College of Medicine, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. At the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, he was a founder of the Oklahoma Center for Medical Glycobiology in 1999. At Emory University, he was a co-founder and is currently co-Director of the Glycomics Center at Emory University School of Medicine which was founded in 2007.


Dr. Cummings received his PhD in Biochemistry from The Johns Hopkins University in 1980. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Division of Hematology/Oncology at Washington University in St. Louis from 1980 through 1983.


Dr. Cummings's laboratory is interested in the fundamental biological process by which cells adhere to each other and interact with the extracellular matrix or basement membrane. This research area also relates to processes by which animal pathogens, such as viruses, bacteria, and parasites stick to animal cells and initiate disease. Cell adhesion is an essential prelude to animal cell development, differentiation, tumor metastasis, inflammation and microbial pathogenesis.


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