Dr. Clinton Grubbs

Clinton J. Grubbs, Ph.D.

Professor, Division of Surgical Oncology
UAB Department of Surgery

Director, UAB Chemoprevention Center
UAB Department of Surgery

Co-Leader, UAB Chemoprevention Program
UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center


Campus Address
Volker Hall, Room G78C
1670 University Blvd.
Birmingham, AL 35233




Clinton J. Grubbs, Ph.D., is a basic scientist with a primary research interest in the chemoprevention of urinary bladder and mammary cancers. His major area of research is the identification of nutrient and non-nutrient agents that exhibit efficacy in the prevention of these cancers. He is a Professor in the UAB Department of Surgery and a Senior Scientist in the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Grubbs received his doctoral degree from the University of Tennessee Medical Units in Memphis, Tennessee in 1973. He also completed a two year postdoctoral fellowship in biochemistry at the University of Tennessee Medical Unit. From 1975 to 1979, he was a senior physiologist at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Illinois. After six years at Southern Research in Birmingham, he joined the faculty at UAB in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, and in 2000 transferred to the Department of Surgery.

In 1987, he was awarded Master Agreements from the NCI for in vivo screening of chemopreventive agents and for the evaluation of the efficacy of potential preventive compounds. The agreements, now a Prime Contractor, continue to be active. Through this funding, Dr. Grubbs has established subcontracts for chemoprevention research with five universities and research institutes in the United States. Dr. Grubbs has established a national and international reputation in the preclinical evaluation of chemopreventive agents in cancer. His research is published in widely read peer-reviewed journals. At UAB, he served as Chair of the UAB IACUC Committee from 1987-2001. He also served on the PREVENT Review Panel of the National Cancer Institute for more than 10 years.