Who We Are

The Dawson Laboratory is in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.  We are also affiliated with the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and the UCLA Agi Hirshberg Center for Pancreatic Diseases.

David Dawson, MD, PhD
Associate Professor
Pathology and Laboratory Medicine


Contact Us

Mailing Address
The Dawson Lab
UCLA Path & Lab Med
BOX 951732, 8-240 Factor
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1732

Pancreatic Cancer

The main research focus of our laboratory is pancreatic cancer, an aggressive and highly recalcitrant malignancy. We are seeking to better understand the molecular and cellular basis of pancreatic cancer in order to improve chemoprevention, early detection and therapeutic approaches. We are engaged in both basic and translational research that makes use of cell and animal-based models, as well as patient-derived clinical samples. Our lab is making progress in describing events that contribute to the evolution of pancreatic cancer, identifying biomarkers suitable for clinical decision making, and evaluating novel therapeutic strategies.