Donnele Daley

Donnele Daley, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Surgery


Dr. Daley received her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College with a Bachelor of Engineering, and Vassar College with a Bachelor of Arts in Physics and Mathematics. She earned her medical degree from Penn State College of Medicine after which she completed her clinical training in General Surgery at New York University School of Medicine. During her time at NYU, she conducted postdoctoral research studying tumor immunology and pancreatic cancer biology, which fueled her interest in the role of the microbiome in oncogenesis. Upon finishing her research and general surgery training, she completed a fellowship in Surgical Oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. In September 2020, Dr. Daley joined the faculty in the Department of Surgery at the University of Michigan as an Assistant Professor.

Research Interests

My lab seeks to understand and describe some of the systems that alter immunological homeostasis in pancreatic cancer. We are particularly interested in understanding how the human microbiome contribute to immune cell-regulated tumor escape. Ultimately we hope to uncover distinct mechanistic pathways connecting the human microbiome and various components of the tumor microenvironment, such that we can identify novel targetable strategies for treating this disease.

Diversity Ambassador

Black or African American

Other Info

Office Location

  • Taubman 2210

Lab Location

  • Cancer Center 6th floor

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