Shrikant Anant, PhD
Associate Director, Cancer Prevention and Control, The University of Kansas Cancer Center
Associate Dean for Research, The University of Kansas School of Medicine
Kansas Mason Professor of Cancer Research
Professor, Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, and Department of Internal Medicine – Gastroenterology, The University of Kansas School of Medicine
Kansas Bioscience Authority Eminent Scholar
Shrikant Anant, PhD, is a pioneering biologist with a national reputation in gastrointestinal cancer research. His research spans a wide range of activities – from understanding molecular biology questions to determining the mechanisms of action for various natural products and their role in cancer prevention. Prior to joining The University of Kansas Cancer Center, Dr. Anant led a team of researchers who discovered a new gene, RBM3, which can cause normal cells to turn into cancer cells; also, stopping its expression in cancer cells causes the cancer cells to die. Earlier, while on the faculty at Washington University in St. Louis, he discovered the first tumor-suppressing RNA-binding protein. At the University of Oklahoma Cancer Institute, Dr. Anant led the gastrointestinal cancers program. A professor of cell biology, medicine/gastroenterology and nutrition, he was also director of gastroenterology research at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. A frequent lecturer and visiting professor, he is on the editorial boards of Gastroenterology, American Journal of Physiology-GI and Liver, and International Journal of Cancer. He was until recently the chair of the Basic Sciences Review Panel for complementary and alternative medicine at NIH and is currently a chartered member of the NIH Chemo-Dietary Prevention review panel.
Dr. Anant received a Master of Science degree from the University of Madras, India, in medical microbiology in 1984 and a Master of Science degree from Michigan State University in microbiology in 1986. He obtained his PhD in molecular genetics from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1993.