Faculty and Providers

Donald Vander Griend, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Surgery/Urology
Director of Urological Stem Cell Research


Dr. Donald Vander Griend was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan and received his B.S. in Biology from Calvin College.  He received his Ph.D. in Cancer Biology from the University of Chicago researching stress signaling pathways and their role in cancer metastasis.  From there he conducted a post-doctoral fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Department of Oncology and the Brady Urological Institute in the laboratory of Dr. John Isaacs.

Dr. Vander Griend’s research interests are aimed at understanding the function of prostate stem cells and their role in the development of prostate diseases such as prostate cancer and BPH.  Dr. Vander Griend’s research focuses on understanding the normal function of the human prostate epithelial stem cell compartment as it relates to (1) stem cell maintenance and tissue turnover, (2) dependence upon androgen and the supporting stroma, and (3) molecular events driving prostate disease.

Contact information
5841 S. Maryland Ave, MC 6038
Chicago, IL 60637
Office: SBRI J557D
Tel: (773) 702-2260
Fax: (773) 702-1001