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Faculty Detail    
Campus Address WEBB 326 Zip 3360
Phone  (20-5) -398
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Faculty Appointment(s)
Appointment Type Department Division Rank
Primary  Nutrition Sciences   Nutrition Sciences Chair Office Professor
Center  Center for AIDS Research  Center for AIDS Research Professor
Center  Comprehensive Cancer Center  Comprehensive Cancer Center Professor
Center  Comprehensive Diabetes Center  Comprehensive Diabetes Center Professor
Center  General Clinical Research Center  Ctr for Clinical & Translational Sci Professor
Center  General Clinical Research Center  Minority Health & Research Center Professor
Center  Nutrition Sciences   Nutrition Obesity Res Ctr (NORC) Professor

Research/Clinical Interest
NIH/NCI funded studies of Dr. Piyathilake focus on the gene-gene, gene-nutrient and gene-environment interactions and their impact on the development and prognosis of cancers of the lung, oral cavity and cervix. The collaborators of these studies are from the departments of Nutrition Sciences, Pathology, Epidemiology and International Health, Ob/Gyn, Surgery, UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Arizona Cancer Center. The Molecular Epidemiology Laboratory of Dr. Piyathilake provides services for a battery of vitamin assays, genetic polymorphisms and DNA methylation.

Selected Publications 
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Chandrika J. Piyathilake, Andra R. Frost, Upender Manne, Walter C Bell, Heidi Weiss, Douglas C. Heimburger and William E. Grizzle. The Expression of Fatty Acid Synthase (FASE) is an Early Event in the Development and Progression of Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Lung Human Pathol 2000; 31: 1068-73.    
Chandrika J Piyathilake, Andra R Frost, Upender Manne, Heidi Weiss, Douglas C Heimburger and William E Grizzle. The expression of Ep-CAM (17-1A) in Squamous Cell Carcinomas of the Lung. Hum Pathol 2000; 31: 482-487.    
Chandrika J Piyathilake, Walter C Bell, Gary L Johanning, Phillip E Cornwell, Douglas C Heimburger, and William E Grizzle. The Accumulation of Ascorbic Acid by Squamous Cell Carcinomas of the Lung and Larynx is associated with Global Methylation of DNA. Cancer 2000; 89: 171-6.    
Chandrika J Piyathilake, Gary L Johanning, Maurizio Macaluso, Martin A Whiteside, Douglas C Heimburger, and William E Grizzle. Localized deficiencies of folate and vitamin B12 in lung tissues are associated with global DNA methylation. Nutr Cancer 2000; 37: 99-107    
Chandrika J Piyathilake, Maurizio Macaluso, Gary L Johanning, Martin A Whiteside, Douglas C Heimburger and Anna Giuliano. Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase (MTHFR) Polymorphism Increases the Risk of Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia. Anticancer Res 2000; 20: 1751-1758.