Glenn E. Simmons, Jr., PhD

Assistant Professor, Medical School, Duluth Campus

Glenn E. Simmons, Jr.

Contact Info

Office Phone 218-726-8386

Office Address:
Department of Biomedical Sciences
SMED 339
1035 University Drive
Duluth, MN 55812

Assistant Professor, Medical School, Duluth Campus

Department of Biomedical Sciences

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Louisiana State University Health Science Center Shreveport

Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

PhD, Biomedical Science, Meharry Medical College


Professional Associations


Research Summary/Interests

Altered metabolism and inflammation are hallmarks of cancer. Though inflammation is a heavily studied topic, the reasons that it frequently leads to tumorigenesis is still incompletely understood. The Simmons lab focuses on the role that lipids play in the regulation of inflammatory processes in the tumor microenvironment. Using comparative proteomic analysis, we have identified several potential biomarkers for disease and candidates for novel therapeutics. 

Dr. Simmons is interested in the role of biology in health disparities in the United States. He works with groups around the country to improve health outcomes and research participation of underrepresented and underserved populations. He is an active mentor with the University of Minnesota Medical School Duluth Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (R25) programs. 

Research Methods/Techniques

We utilize molecular biology and high throughput screening approaches to investigate fundamental questions about the biology of cancer cells in the pursuit of lessening the overall cancer burden.


Teaching Areas

  • Immunology and Cancer Biology
  • Mentoring/Advising: undergraduates


  • Course Director -- Immunology, Hematology, Oncology
  • Foundations of Medicine 
  • Introduction to Biomedical Sciences
  • Skin/Musculoskeletal Medicine

Community Engagement

  • Mentor and Advisor for A.R.E. Youth Writers Collective
  • Board Member and Advisor for the not-for-profit “Fathers Rise Together”