Laura Kresty

Laura Kresty, Ph.D., M.S.

Director, Thoracic Surgery Research Laboratory
John A. and Carla S. Klein Family/Mark B. Orringer Research Professor of Thoracic Surgery
Associate Professor, Department of Surgery


Dr. Kresty earned her M.S. in Public Health in 1995 and completed her PhD in Public Health from The Ohio State University in 2000, with a major in Cancer Chemoprevention and Epidemiology and a minor in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. She remained at The Ohio State University to complete a NCI-Sponsored Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Molecular Oncology, followed by a faculty appointment in Internal Medicine. In 2008, Dr. Kresty joined the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and Sylvester Cancer where she continued her research focused on the inhibition of aero-digestive tract cancers. Dr. Kresty also served as Director for the Doctorate in Epidemiology Program at the University of Miami. Dr. Kresty joined the Medical College of Wisconsin in 2013 where she conducted research through June of 2017. In July of 2017 Dr. Kresty joined the faculty at the University of Michigan. Her research is focused on evaluating preventive agents and novel strategies for targeting cancers of the esophagus, lung and head and neck. Dr. Kresty is Director of the Thoracic Surgery Research laboratory.

Diversity Ambassador

  • Individual With Disabilities
  • First Generation College Student

Research Interests

Cancer prevention targeting lung and esophageal cancer, including investigating diet, obesity and microbial profiles as mitigating environmental factors. Identification of early markers that arise in progression of premalignancy to cancer and mechanisms of therapeutic resistance.

Research Opportunities for Rotating Students

Research opportunities focused on cancer prevention targeting lung and esophageal cancer, including mechanisms of therapeutic resistance, and cancer mitigating environmental factors including diet, obesity and microbial profiles.