Meet UNMC Distinguished Scientist Tony Hollingsworth, Ph.D.

UNMC researcher Tony Hollingsworth, Ph.D., answers questions about his work, life and interests.

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Tony Hollingsworth, Ph.D.
NOTE: This profile is part of a series highlighting the 24 researchers who will be honored at a May 2 ceremony for UNMC's 2010 Scientist Laureate, Distinguished Scientist and New Investigator award recipients.

  • Name: Tony Hollingsworth, Ph.D.
  • Title: professor in the Eppley Institute
  • Joined UNMC: 1991
  • Hometown:Fort Laurderdale, Fla.

Describe your research in laymen's terms.

We study the biology of pancreatic tumor progression from early lesions to metastatic disease.

How does your research contribute to science and/or health care?

My lab attempts to discover and evaluate new diagnostic and therapeutic techniques for pancreatic cancer.

Name someone at UNMC who provides vital contributions to your success and briefly describe how they help you.

A researcher in my laboratory, Thomas Caffrey, has been with me since I came to UNMC. Tom has helped me, dozens of students, postdocs, faculty in my laboratory and numerous collaborators around the world in our research efforts. He has contributed significantly to every aspect of our success. A second long-time researcher in our group, Judy Anderson, has likewise contributed immensely to our translational research efforts. My administrative assistant, Cynthia Plate, has been invaluable in bringing order and organization to our hectic and pressured life in the lab and has contributed greatly to administrative aspects of our success in obtaining grant funding and conducting successful research.

List three things few people know about you.

  • I own at least five ties.
  • I got a D in handwriting in fourth grade and so the advent of computers and printers saved my professional career in scientific writing.
  • My great grandmother was a Cherokee whose family escaped from the Trail of Tears and hid in the mountains of Tennessee during the late 1800s.


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