Paolo Provenzano Headshot

Department of Biomedical Engineering
Masonic Cancer Center
Stem Cell Institute
University of Minnesota


Paolo P. Provenzano is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Biomedical Engineering and the Masonic Cancer Center at the University of Minnesota.  He is a project leader and executive committee member of the NCI-designated University of Minnesota Physical Sciences in Oncology Center.  He is also an American Cancer Society Research Scholar and a University of Minnesota Masonic Scholar.  Paolo’s current research interests center on 1) seeking to elucidate how complex interactions in cancer drive disease progression to metastasis by understanding the influence and interactions of mechanical, architectural and biochemical inputs that tumor cells experiences in their microenvironments, and 2) developing novel therapeutic strategies to combat disease by re-engineering the tumor stroma to remove tumor-promoting cues, promote anti-tumor immune responses and/or enhance delivery of small molecule therapeutics.  He has published more than 45 archived journal articles with more than 5,800 citations and an h-index of 27.  To date he has received large scale funding (as PI) for his research from the NIH, American Cancer Society, CDMRP, Concern Foundation, Children’s Tumor Foundation, and Randy Shaver Cancer Research and Community Fund, the University of Minnesota.