Samir Hanash

Appointments and Affiliations

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Molecular Diagnostics
Public Health Sciences
Program Head, Appointed: 2005
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Public Health Sciences Division
Molecular Diagnostics
Full Member
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Mailing Address

1100 Fairview Ave. N.
P.O. Box 19024
Seattle, Washington 98109
United States


Phone: (206) 667-7091
Fax: (206) 667-2537


Ph.D., University of Michigan, Human Genetics, 1976.
M.D., American University of Beirut, 1972.

Research Interests

Dr. Hanash's interests and expertise focus on the development and application of integrated approaches to the molecular profiling of cancer, with particular emphasis on proteomics. Dr. Hanash's Ph.D. training is in Human Genetics and clinical training in Pediatric Oncology. He has been a program principal investigator (PI) for multi-investigator projects funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) while at the University of Michigan, including program projects and most recently, PI for an NCI-funded Director's Challenge program, which focuses on molecular profiling of lung, colon and ovarian cancer and PI of an NCI-funded Cancer Biomarker Development program, which focuses on the application of proteomics to the discovery of protein markers for the early diagnosis of lung and GI cancers. Dr. Hanash has organized and participated in several workshops sponsored by the NCI related to cancer diagnostics and molecular profiling. Dr. Hanash relocated from the University of Michigan to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in August 2004 to lead a newly developed program in Molecular Diagnostics.

Additional Experience

Human Proteome Organisation - Founding Member


American Association for Cancer Research
American Society for Cell Biology
American Society for Human Genetics
American Society for Pediatric Research
American Society of Hematology
Children's Cancer Study Group
Electrophoresis Society
Human Proteome Organisation

Previous Positions

1992-1999, Director, University of Michigan, Cancer Center, Carcinogenesis
1989-2004, Professor, University of Michigan, Pediatrics
1984-1989, Associate Professor, University of Michigan, Pediatrics
1979-1984, Assistant Professor, University of Michigan, Pediatrics
1978-1979, Instructor, University of Michigan, Pediatrics
1978-1979, Fellow, University of Michigan, Pediatric Hematology
1973-1976, Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Michigan, Medical School, Human Genetics


Recent Publications

Hansen JA, Hanash SM, Tabellini L, Baik C, Lawler RL, Grogan BM, Storer BE, Chin A, Johnson M, Wong C-H et al..  2013.  A Novel Soluble Form of Tim-3 Associated with Severe Graft-versus-Host Disease.. Biology of blood and marrow transplantation : journal of the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation. 19(9):1323-30. Abstract
Press JZ, Reyes M, Pitteri SJ, Pennil C, Garcia R, Goff BA, Hanash SM, Swisher EM.  2012.  Microparticles From Ovarian Carcinomas Are Shed Into Ascites and Promote Cell Migration.. International journal of gynecological cancer : official journal of the International Gynecological Cancer Society. 22(4):546-552. Abstract
Pitteri SJ, Hanash SM.  2011.  Confounding effects of hormone replacement therapy in protein biomarker studies.. Cancer epidemiology, biomarkers & prevention : a publication of the American Association for Cancer Research, cosponsored by the American Society of Preventive Oncology. 20(1):134-9. Abstract