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Dr. Strand completed his PhD in the laboratory of David Rowley, PhD in the department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Baylor College of Medicine. There he worked on the molecular mechanisms regulating reactive stroma in prostate cancer. From there Dr. Strand moved on to the laboratory of Simon Hayward, PhD in the Urology department at Vanderbilt University to perform his post-doctoral training. It was here that Dr. Strand developed an interest in solving the cellular and molecular pathogenesis of benign prostatic hyperplasia. In 2014, Dr. Strand joined forces with Claus Roehrborn, MD, chair of the Urology department at UT Southwestern and a world-renowned expert in BPH treatment. Dr. Strand has developed an unparalleled human tissue biorepository that is used for his translational research program and is actively pursuing molecular targets for the development of novel medical treatments for this widespread disease.


Liberty University (2001), Biology
Graduate School
Baylor College of Medicine (2007), Molecular & Cell Biology

Research Interest

  • Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
  • Prostate Cancer


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Deficiency in metabolic regulators PPAR? and PTEN cooperates to drive keratinizing squamous metaplasia in novel models of human tissue regeneration.
Strand DW, DeGraff DJ, Jiang M, Sameni M, Franco OE, Love HD, Hayward WJ, Lin-Tsai O, Wang AY, Cates JM, Sloane BF, Matusik RJ, Hayward SW Am. J. Pathol. 2013 Feb 182 2 449-59
PPAR? isoforms differentially regulate metabolic networks to mediate mouse prostatic epithelial differentiation.
Strand DW, Jiang M, Murphy TA, Yi Y, Konvinse KC, Franco OE, Wang Y, Young JD, Hayward SW Cell Death Dis 2012 3 e361
PPAR?: a molecular link between systemic metabolic disease and benign prostate hyperplasia.
Jiang M, Strand DW, Franco OE, Clark PE, Hayward SW Differentiation 2011 Nov-Dec 82 4-5 220-36

Honors & Awards

  • AUA Travel Award
  • K01DK098277
    Mentored training grant on the role of metabolism in prostate differentiation and disease (2013-2018)
  • StarBrite VICTR award
    Pilot funding to study the role of inflammation in BPH progression (2013-2014)
  • SBUR Travel award and podium presentation
  • NIH LRP award
    Loan repayment program award (2010-2012)
  • StarBrite VICTR award
    Pilot funding to study the role of lipid metabolism in prostate cancer (2010-2011)
  • DoD Postdoctoral Training Award
    2 year fellowship to study the role of stomal-epithelial interactions in prostate cancer progression (2009-2011)
  • SBUR travel award

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Urological Association (2014)
  • Society for Basic Urologic Research (2009)