Dr. Minna is Director of the Hamon Center for Therapeutic Oncology Research, and Professor of Internal Medicine and Pharmacology at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He holds the Max L. Thomas Distinguished Chair in Molecular Pulmonary Oncology and the Sarah M. and Charles E. Seay Distinguished Chair in Cancer Research (1991-present). He graduated from Stanford Medical School where he did research with Dr. Leonard Herzenberg, was a resident at Massachusetts General Hospital, a Research Associate at the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (under Dr. Marshal Nirenberg), Chief of the Section of Somatic Cell Genetics, Chief of the NCI-VA and then NCI-Navy Medical Oncology Branches at the National Cancer Institute (1975-1991).  His work has focused on understanding the molecular pathogenesis of lung cancer and translating this into the clinic.  As part of this he has trained many investigators in lung cancer research.  He has led a joint Lung Cancer NCI Special Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) grant between UTSW and the MD Anderson Cancer Center and is part of several NCI and State of Texas Cancer Prevention and Research Institute (CPRIT) multi-investigator grants to discover new therapeutic approaches and personalized medicine for lung cancer.  He co-leads the Experimental Therapeutics Program for the UTSW Simmons Cancer Center. Currently he is working with a team of UTSW and MDACC scientists to discover all of the “acquired vulnerabilities” in lung cancer and their associated predictive molecular signatures to provide a new functional classification of lung cancer and rationale therapeutics for all new lung cancer patients. He has served on the Board of Scientific Advisors of the National Cancer Institute, Scientific Advisory Boards for several Cancer Centers, several cancer research foundation including the V-Foundation, Forbeck Foundation, as well as for the National Cancer Institute, the Board of Directors for the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).

He has received numerous awards including: PHS  (Commendation Medal (1979), Meritorious Service Medical (1986), Unit Commendation Medal (1991)); Rosenthal Prize for Cancer Research (1984); Milken Foundation Award for Scientific Excellence in Clinical Research (1989); Chester Stock Award, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (1992); Bristol Myers Squibb Award for Lung Cancer Research (1997); Moran Award Univ. Michigan (2000), NCI SPORE Program Award for Leadership (2003), Ochsner Award Smoking Related Research (2004), ASCO Scientific Achievement Award (2005), Pfizer Visiting Professor Oncology (Vanderbilt, 2006), ASCO Statesman Award (2007), Baylor College of Medicine Helis Foundation Award for Lifetime Achievement in Lung Cancer Research (2010), Addario Lung Cancer Foundation Asclepios Award (2012), United Against Lung Cancer (UALC), Caine Halter Hope Now Award for Lung Cancer Research (2013), Giants of Cancer Care (2015), Abbott ISOBM Award (2016).

He has an H-Index of 193 (136,238 citations), and a D-Index of 179 with a World medicine ranking of 130, and National USA ranking of 90 by


Medical School
Stanford University Medical Center (1967)
Massachusetts General Hospital (1968), Medicine
Massachusetts General Hospital (1969), Medicine
National Institutes of Health (1973), Biochemical Genetics

Research Interest

  • Breast Cancer
  • Genome wide mRNA, protein, and DNA analysis
  • Lung Cancer
  • Molecular biomarkers of response to cancer therapy
  • Molecular pathogenesis of human cancer


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Integrative epigenomic analyses of small cell lung cancer cells demonstrates the clinical translational relevance of gene body methylation.
Pongor LS, Tlemsani C, Elloumi F, Arakawa Y, Jo U, Gross JM, Mosavarpour S, Varma S, Kollipara RK, Roper N, Teicher BA, Aladjem MI, Reinhold W, Thomas A, Minna JD, Johnson JE, Pommier Y, iScience 2022 Nov 25 11 105338
A Pan-Cancer Assessment of RB1/TP53 Co-Mutations.
Cai L, DeBerardinis RJ, Xiao G, Minna JD, Xie Y, Cancers (Basel) 2022 Aug 14 17
Circulating mitochondrial DNA as a biomarker for lung cancer screening.
von Itzstein MS, Gerber DE, Minna JD, Transl Lung Cancer Res 2022 Aug 11 8 1522-1525
Targeting de novo lipogenesis and the Lands cycle induces ferroptosis in KRAS-mutant lung cancer.
Bartolacci C, Andreani C, Vale G, Berto S, Melegari M, Crouch AC, Baluya DL, Kemble G, Hodges K, Starrett J, Politi K, Starnes SL, Lorenzini D, Raso MG, Solis Soto LM, Behrens C, Kadara H, Gao B, Wistuba II, Minna JD, McDonald JG, Scaglioni PP, Nat Commun 2022 Jul 13 1 4327
Snail acetylation by autophagy-derived acetyl-coenzyme A promotes invasion and metastasis of KRAS-LKB1 co-mutated lung cancer cells.
Han JH, Kim YK, Kim H, Lee J, Oh MJ, Kim SB, Kim M, Kim KH, Yoon HJ, Lee MS, Minna JD, White MA, Kim HS, Cancer Commun (Lond) 2022 Jul
Longitudinal COVID-19 Vaccination-Induced Antibody Responses and Omicron Neutralization in Patients With Lung Cancer.
Mack PC, Hirsch FR, Bunn PA, Minna JD, J Clin Oncol 2022 Jun JCO2201136
High-throughput functional evaluation of human cancer-associated mutations using base editors.
Kim Y, Lee S, Cho S, Park J, Chae D, Park T, Minna JD, Kim HH, Nat Biotechnol 2022 Apr
Longitudinal COVID-19-vaccination-induced antibody responses and Omicron neutralization in patients with lung cancer.
Mack PC, Gomez JE, Rodilla AM, Carreño JM, Hsu CY, Rolfo C, Meshulami N, Moore A, Brody RI, King JC, Treatman J, Lee S, Raskin A, Srivastava K, Gleason CR, de Miguel-Perez D, Tcheou J, Bielak D, Acharya R, Gerber DE, Rohs N, Henschke CI, Yankelevitz DF, Simon V, Minna JD, Bunn PA, García-Sastre A, Krammer F, Shyr Y, Hirsch FR, Cancer Cell 2022 Apr
Lung Cancer Cell of Origin: Controversy and Clinical Translational Implications.
Osborne JK, Minna JD, Cancer Res 2022 Mar 82 6 972-973
Unbiased peptoid cell screen identifies a peptoid targeting newly appeared cell surface vimentin on tumor transformed early lung cancer cells.
Shukla SP, Zhang H, Fang B, Minna JD, Gomika Udugamasooriya D, Bioorg Med Chem 2022 Mar 58 116673

Honors & Awards

  • ASCO Award
    Statesman (2007)
  • ASCO Award
    Lifetime Scientific Achievement (2005)
  • Ochsner Award
    Award for Smoking Related Research (2004)
  • Bristol Myers Squibb Award
    Award for Lung Cancer Research (1997)
  • Rosenthal Prize
    Prize for Cancer Research (1984)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
  • Association of American Physicians (AAP)
  • Fellow American College of Physicians (FACP)