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Marc Hansen

Cell Biology and Physiology

3067 LSB
Provo, UT 84602


I am from Vancouver Island (Victoria) in BC, Canada, attended BYU from 1991 to 1997 with a mission in Marseille, France during that time. After a BS in Molecular Biology from BYU, I earned a PhD in Cancer Research from Stanford and completed a post-doc at Huntsman Cancer Institute.

Research Interests

I came to BYU seeking to understand how individual epithelial cells detach from tissues, a process called epithelial-mesenchymal transition that occurs throughout development and that is recapitulaled in cancer metastasis. After over 10 years of dissecting this process, serendipity led us to discover a novel small molecule drug that may soon enter clinical trials. Having developed a passion for drug discovery, we now work to develop new small molecule therapeutics for human diseases that have poor current treatment options.

Teaching Interests

I teach introductory biology for majors (PDBIO120) and have taught Cell Biology (PDBIO360) and Histology (PDBIO325) in the past. I also teach BIO-innovation courses (PDBIO 444 and 445), which address how technologies and ideas rooted in the life sciences become new companies that create prosperity and jobs.


  • American Association of Cancer Researchers (2012 - Present)
  • American Society of Cell Biologists (1998 - Present)

Courses Taught


Marc David Hansen Jake Hoj John Davis Kendra Fullmer David Morrell Nicholas Saguibo Karin Barcellos Bigarella Mark Wagner Vieira Lazarini Peter Langford Machado-Neto Steve Gregory Call Davis Staley Jarom Chung Marc David Hansen Olalla Saad Grange Jake James Moody Marc Ascione Marc David Hansen Marc David Hansen Peter Langford Lance Keyes Marc David Hansen S Gregory Call Dan Brereton Jace T Bullard Jarom Y Chung Kristen L Meacham David J Morrell David J Reeder Jeffrey T Schuler Austen D Slade Marc David Hansen Peter R Langford Marc David Hansen Jarom Y Chung John A Davis Braden Price Davis M Staley Mark V Wagner Steven L Warner David J Bearss Marc David Hansen S Gregory Call Jarom Y Chung John A Davis Braden D Proce Tyler S Primavera Nick C Thomson Mark V Wagner Marc David Hansen Rebecca Sperry Nick Bishop Jeremy Bramwell Matt Carter Brent Fowler Stephen Maxfield Zach Lewis Davis Staley Ryan Vellinga Michael Brodeur Marc David Hansen
Marc Hansen