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Dana-Lynn T. Koomoa-Lange
Dana-Lynn T. Koomoa-Lange

Associate Professor

Dr. Koomoa, Associate Professor of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, investigates the role of proteins in the malignant progression of cancer, and other pathophysiological processes. Much of her research is focused on providing new insights into neuroblastoma and other types of cancers driven by myc expression (c-myc and N-myc).

Koomoa's lab investigates the role of ion channel proteins and channel regulatory proteins that are often over-expressed or down-regulated in cancer, in tumor progression. Koomoa has shown that these calcium- and magnesium-permeable ion channels, and channel regulatory proteins, play a critical role in regulating neuroblastoma tumor growth, and metastasis, while inhibitors of these proteins inhibit these processes. In addition, Koomoa's lab investigates the role of these proteins in other physiological and pathophysiological processes (e.g. Immune cell function, Central Nervous System disorders). Her projects involve the use of molecular biological, biochemical and biophysical techniques. In addition, multi-plexed assays were established using the Perkin Elmer High-throughput Operetta imaging, live-cell ratio-metric calcium imaging and electrophysiological patch-clamp recordings, in order to correlate results from multiple assays.


  • B.S., Cell and Molecular Biology, San Diego State University (San Diego, CA)
  • Ph.D., Molecular Pharmacology, Physiology and Biotechnology, Brown University (Providence, RI)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Laboratory of Cell and Molecular Signaling, Queen's Medical Center/LCMS (Honolulu, HI)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Natural Products and Cancer Biology, UH Cancer Center (Honolulu, HI)

Classes and Courses

  • PHPP 518 Integrated Therapeutics
  • PHPS 601 and 602 Integrated Pharmacotherapy
  • PHPS 499V Directed Studies
  • IS 394 Ka Huliau

Selected Presentations and/or Publications

  • Int J Oncol, submitted, in review
  • Nature Comm, submitted, in review
  • J Pharma and Pharm Sci, 2015, 1: 1-7.
  • Phytotherapy Res, 2014, 29(4):582-90.
  • FEBS Open Bio, 2014, 4: 966-975.
  • Int J of Oncol, 2013, 42(4): 1219-28.
  • Int J of Cancer, 2010, 101(7): 2012-24.
  • Cancer Res, 2008, 68 (23): 9825-31.
  • Clin Cancer Res, 2007, 13 (21): 6312-9.
  • Nat Cell Bio, 2006, 8 (7): 771-3.
  • Science, 2006, 312(5777): 1220-3.

Active Grants

  • NCI Career Development Grant (K01 )
  • Hawaii Community Foundation, Geist Foundation
  • IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (P20)
  • Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation
  • NSF IUSE Grant
  • UHH Seed Money

Awards and Honors

  • Keystone Symposia Scholarship Award (2014)
  • American Association for Cancer Research Minority Scholar in Cancer Research Award (2011)
  • Fellow, Keystone Symposium on Molecular and Cellular Biology (2009-2010)
  • University of Hawai'i Research Council Fellowship Award (2007 and 2008)
  • Carl Storm Fellowship (2007)
  • Helen F. Cserr Memorial Fellow, Outstanding Academic Achievement (2004-2005)
  • MDIBL Research Fellowship, Mt. Desert Island Biological Laboratory (2003)