Margaret Briehl, PhD

Associate Director, Cancer Research Career Enhancement and Related Activities
Therapeutic Development Program


Margaret M. Briehl earned her B.S. in Microbiology from the University of Arizona. She obtained her Ph.D. in Cellular and Developmental Biology at the University of Arizona, working with Dr. Neil Mendelson on the genetics of bacterial wall biosynthesis. She conducted postdoctoral research in the University of Arizona Cancer Center with Dr. Roger Miesfeld and then with Dr. Garth Powis; these studies focused on the basic science of apoptosis. Dr. Briehl was recruited to the Department of Pathology as a Research Assistant Professor in 1993. She was promoted to the tenure track in 1997, to Associate Professor in 2003 and Full Professor in 2009.

Cancer Focus

Dr. Briehl’s research has focused on redox regulation of apoptosis with an emphasis on understanding therapy resistance in lymphoma. More recently, her focus has turned to cancer research education. She is Chair of the Cancer Biology Graduate Interdisciplinary PhD program that is training the next generation of cancer scientists. She is PI of the Partnership for Native American Cancer Prevention and leads the Cancer Research Education of the Partnership at UACC. Dr. Briehl is also PI for a Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (UA PREP) that prepares American Indian scholars for biomedical PhD programs. Most recently, she was selected as UACC’s Associate Director for Cancer Research Career Enhancement.