Albertson Lab

Donna G. Albertson, PhD

Donna G. Albertson, PhD

Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
NYU College of Dentistry
Professor emerita, University of California San Francisco


Donna Albertson received her PhD from Harvard University and completed postdoctoral training at the Medical Research Council (MRC) in Cambridge, UK. Prior to joining NYU College of Dentistry in 2013, Dr. Albertson was employed at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology and Medical Genetics Units, the E. O. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California San Francisco. Spanning half a century, Dr. Albertson’s research portfolio includes studies in the areas of molecular cytogenetics, neuroanatomy and cancer using the model organism Caenorhabditis elegans, mice and human patients. Dr. Albertson was a pioneer in the development and applications of fluorescent in situ hybridization and microarray technology. She holds patents in microarray hybridization, printing and imaging technology and cancer biomarkers. She is a recipient of the 2nd Annual AACR Team Science Award and the AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize for her contributions to development of comparative genomic hybridization (CGH) and array CGH and assembly of the connectome of the C. elegans male tail, respectively.

Dr. Albertson’s research in the US has been funded by the California Breast Cancer Research Program, DoD, NCI and NIDCR. Her current investigations into oral cancer and oral cancer pain use clinical research and preclinical models to study the reciprocal interactions between cancers and nerves to better understand how mediators from cancers evoke pain and how neurites innervating oral cancers benefit the cancer.

Representative Publications

Complete listing available on the NYU Health Sciences Library site.