Meet Donald Durden

A renowned physician-scientist, Donald Durden, M.D., PhD., is Vice Chair for Research at UC San Diego’s Department of Pediatrics and Associate Director for Pediatric Oncology at the Moores UCSD Cancer Center.

In 2009, Durden joined UC San Diego from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, where he was Professor of Pediatric Oncology and Hematology, and Scientific Director of Basic and Translational Research at the AFLAC Cancer Center & Blood Disorders Service at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University. Well-known as an expert in signal transduction pathways, Durden discovered the role of PI3K/PTEN, the main cell-signaling pathway for blood vessel growth, cell survival, programmed cell death, and cell proliferation. 

Located within the Moores UCSD Cancer Center on the UCSD Campus, the Durden Laboratory is part of a multidisciplinary neuro-oncology team aimed at designing new approaches for brain tumor therapy. He has trained multiple undergraduate and graduate students, medical fellows and postdocs. 

Dr. Durden received his B.S. degree in Microbiology from the University of South Florida and his MD and PhD degrees from the University of Miami School of Medicine. He conducted his pediatric residency and Hem/Onc fellowship at University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center.  He received his postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Jonathan Cooper, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, Seattle, WA where he studied signaling networks that regulate cancer cell growth and metastasis.