David D. Tran, MD, PhD

David Tran MD

David Tran, MD, PhD, joined the University of Florida faculty in the spring of 2015. Prior to his arrival, he was the director of the adult neuro-oncology section in the oncology division and an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Dr. Tran received his PhD in immunology from Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minn. and is board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology.

He is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the Society for Neuro-Oncology.

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Professional Areas of Interest:

Novel therapies for brain cancer
Mesenchymal factors in gliomagenesis
Molecular mechanism of cancer cell migration
Regulation of the Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition and tumor dormancy
Brain metastasis
Cancer genomics


Physician Scientist Training Program Scholarship,
Washington University School of Medicine.
Mallinckrodt Foundation Post-doctoral Research
Fellowship in Medical Oncology
Concept Award, Department of Defense
Young Investigator Award, Conquer Cancer Foundation,
Cancer Frontier Fund Award, BJH Foundation
Pardee Foundation Scholar Award

Research Profile:

My research program is focused understanding the mechanism of cancer metastasis and dormancy. The epithelial mesenchymal transition (EMT) is now suggested to play an important role in the initial invasion during cancer metastasis. However, direct in vivo evidence is currently lacking. Our lab is interested in understanding how cancer EMT contributes to cancer metastasis, and if so whether it also regulates cancer dormancy, a phenomenon in which micrometastatic disease is present in multiple organs but clinically undetectable.

Professional Appointments:

Assistant Professor of Medicine,
Tenure track, Molecular Oncology,
Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, MO

Attending physician, Barnes Jewish Hospital and Siteman Cancer Center
St. Louis, MO

Attending physician, Barnes Jewish West County Hospital
St. Louis, MO

Barnes Jewish St Peters Hospital
St. Peters, MO