Kristin Landis-Piwowar, Ph.D., MLS (ASCP)

Kristin Landis-Piwowar
Title: Kristin Landis-Piwowar, Ph.D.
Interim Associate Dean, School of Health  Sciences
Associate Professor , Clinical & Diagnostic Sciences
Office: 3114 Human Health Building
Phone: (248) 364-8692
Fax: (248) 364-8657


Wayne State University, Ph.D. Cancer Biology

Michigan State University, M.S. Clinical Laboratory Science

Ferris State University, B.S. Medical Technology



Cancer biology, cancer therapeutics, molecular diagnostics, familial leukemia


Dr. Landis-Piwowar joined the faculty at Oakland University in January 2010.  Prior to her time at OU she was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Michigan where she conducted research studies to understand CD30 signaling to NfkB in anaplastic large cell lymphoma.  She mentored undergraduate and graduate students in research projects and taught MD research fellows basic of the laboratory techniques and principles of biomedical research.

Dr. Landis-Piwowar earned a PhD in Cancer Biology from Wayne State University’s School of Medicine in the laboratory of Dr. Q. Ping Dou.  Her research encompassed studies of dietary polyphenols, their stability, biotransformations, and cellular targets (predominantly the proteasome).   She also holds a Master’s degree from Michigan State University in Clinical Laboratory Science and a Bachelor’s Degree from Ferris State University in Medical Technology.  Landis-Piwowar served as a teaching assistant at MSU for numerous classes while conducting research related to cytokine polymorphisms in prostate cancer and working as a bench tech in an HLA tissue-typing lab and at Ingham Regional Medical Center.  Her clinical education was completed at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, MI. 

Landis-Piwowar has published more than 25 peer-reviewed journal articles on cancer therapeutics, prevention, and mechanisms of disease and has authored numerous book chapters.  Her current research interests are centered on the physiologic effects of gold-peptidomimetics in cancer cells, and deciphering a familial relationship among chronic lymphocytic leukemia and hairy cell leukemia.

Research Publications and Presentations

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Association Memberships

American Society of Clinical Laboratory Sciences

American Association of Cancer Research