Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center
Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX, US
Faculty Senator
Education Committee Chair
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas, United States
Leader, Cancer Biology Program
Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas, United States


BS from University of Iowa
Graduated with Honors
PhD from University Of Iowa
Postdoctoral Fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine

Honors & Awards

Faculty Excellence Award
Teaching and Evaluation
Outstanding Teacher Award
Presidential Award for Excellence in Education
The John K. Lattimer Award
Excellence in Graduate Education Award

Professional Interests

  • Mechanisms of reactive stroma in cancer progression.

Professional Statement

Dr. Rowley is a leader in the field of stromal-epithelial interactions and the genesis of reactive stroma in the tumor microenvironment. His laboratory was the first to identify and characterize reactive stroma myofibroblasts as a key component of the microenvironment in prostate cancer and benign hyperplasia (BPH). He has focused on prostate cancer research for over 30 years. His laboratory has focused on the evolution of microenvironment stroma from stem cells and how this affects disease progression using several novel model systems that address the origins of CAFs / myofibroblasts and their biology. Dr. Rowley has been involved in many individual investigator grant projects and has lead both U54 and U01 Tumor Microenvironment Network (TMEN) NCI funded group projects. In addition, Dr. Rowley has many years of experience as an educator and mentor to graduate students and medical students at the bench and in the classroom.

Selected Publications