Deanne Tibbitts, PhD

Assistant Professor

Deanne Tibbitts received her PhD in Molecular and Medical Genetics from Oregon Health & Science University in 2011. Working at the intersection of genetics and cancer biology, Dr. Tibbitts used both cell culture and animal models to study the molecular basis of leukemia and to test compounds for targeted, anti-leukemic activity.

At NUNM, Dr. Tibbitts runs the Helfgott Research Institute laboratory and enjoys training students in a variety of lab techniques including cell culture, flow cytometry, and ELISA. She also serves as the coordinator for the NUNM Undergraduate Research Internship program and as a research mentor for students in the Master of Science in Integrative Medicine Research program. Dr. Tibbitts also teaches a variety of classes in the School of Graduate Studies, including a popular elective on Nutritional Genetics.

Curriculum Vitae


Vasilevsky N, Schafer M, Tibbitts D, Wright K, Zwickey H. 2015. Curriculum Development of a Research Laboratory Methodology Course for Complementary and Integrative Medicine Students. 25 Medical Science Educator: 171-5

Tibbitts DC, Escamilla-Powers JR, Zhang X, Sears RC. 2012. Studying c-Myc serine 62 phosphorylation in leukemia cells: concern over antibody cross-reactivity. Blood 119(22):5334-5.

Arnold HK, Zhang X, Daniel CJ, Tibbitts D, Escamilla-Powers J, Farrell A, Tokarz S, Morgan C, Sears RC. 2009. The Axin1 scaffold protein promotes formation of a degradation complex for c-Myc. EMBO Journal28(5):500-12.

O’neil J, Grim J, Strack P, Rao S, Tibbitts D, Winter C, Hardwick J, Welcker M, Meijerink JP, Pieters R, Draetta G, Sears R, Clurman BE, Look AT. 2007. FBW7 mutations in leukemic cells mediate NOTCH pathway activation and resistance to {gamma}-secretase inhibitors. Journal of Experimental Medicine204(8):1813-24.

Malempati S, Tibbitts D, Cunningham M, Akkari Y, Olson S, Fan G, Sears RC. 2006. Aberrant stabilization of c-Myc protein in some lymphoblastic leukemias. Leukemia 20(9):1572-81.

Tibbitts D, Rao RR, Shin S, West FD, Stice SL. 2006. Uniform adherent neural progenitor populations from rhesus embryonic stem cells. Stem Cells and Development 15(2):200-8.