Harold Saavedra, PhD

Titles and Roles

Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology
Emory University School of Medicine
Research Program
Cancer Genetics and Epigenetics


Harold Saavedra, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Saavedra is a member of the Cancer Genetics and Epigenetics Research Program at Winship Cancer Institute.


Dr. Saavedra received his PhD from the University of Tennessee, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. He received his BSci from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus. He completed his postdoctoral training at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in Cincinnati, OH, and at the Ohio State University in Columbus, OH.


Dr. Saavedra's laboratory is studying mechanisms which are driving centrosome amplification in breast cancer. He is studying the regulation of cell cycle progression and genomic stability by the Neu, Ras, p53 and the E2F pathways, particularly the regulation of the centrosome cycle. His research affects cancer diagnosis and treatment because inhibition of the centrosome and mitotic kinases his laboratory studies may stall further tumor evolution and/or radio-sensitize.


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