Moffitt Cancer Center Names John Cleveland Associate Center Director of Basic Science

July 01, 2014

TAMPA, Fla. – John Cleveland, Ph.D. has joined Moffitt Cancer Center as the Associate Center Director of Basic Science. The Basic Science Division looks at the fundamental aspects of cancer genetics, molecular biology, cell and developmental biology and tissue regulation to better understand cancer and how to treat it.

“Dr. Cleveland is an outstanding scientist who brings a record of significant accomplishment in the areas of discovery, leadership, and mentoring with him to Moffitt,” said Thomas A. Sellers, Ph.D., M.P.H., Moffitt Cancer Center Director. “Our institution thrives on collaboration and Dr. Cleveland embodies our spirit of teamwork, commitment and innovation to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.”

Cleveland comes to Moffitt from the Scripps Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute- where he served nearly eight years as a professor and chair of the Department of Cancer Biology.  Prior to that, he spent more than 17 years at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. He also completed a fellowship and senior fellowship at the National Cancer Institute.   

Cleveland has authored or co-authored more than 190 publications.  He currently serves as a member of the Extramural Scientific Advisory Board for the Gastrointestinal SPORE programs at The University of Arizona and the Blood Research Institute of Wisconsin.  He has served as editor for numerous scientific journals and has been a long-serving member and Ad-hoc reviewer for National Institutes of Health R01 Grant Program and Project Grant Review Committees.

About Moffitt Cancer Center
Located in Tampa, Moffitt is one of only 41 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research, its contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt is the No. 1 cancer hospital in Florida and has been listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” for cancer since 1999. With more than 4,200 employees, Moffitt has an economic impact on the state of nearly $2 billion. For more information, visit, and follow the Moffitt momentum on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.