Judith Leopold

Judith Leopold, PhD

Research Professor, Radiology
Research Professor, Pharmacology
Co-lead of Development Therapeutics at the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center
Radiology Translational Onco Program
1600 Huron Parkway, NCRC B520-1365
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Michigan Research Experts Profile



Dr. Leopold is Research Professor of Radiology and Co-Leader of the Developmental Therapeutics Program at Rogel Cancer Center. She is an internationally recognized expert in cancer drug discovery. Dr. Leopold’s research interests are focused on the discovery and development of rationally designed kinase inhibitors to target adaptive resistance mechanisms in cancer cells. Before joining Michigan Medicine in 2009, she had a distinguished career at Parke-Davis/Pfizer R & D, where she led multiple research teams focused on discovery of first-in-class drug candidates. She pioneered the MEK inhibitor field, advancing the field’s first MEK inhibitor into the clinic. Her laboratory at Michigan Medicine continues to focus on first-in-class drug opportunities designed to offer combination therapy to a broad range of cancer patients treated in multiple settings, including radiotherapy.


Executive Committee, Rogel Cancer Center


PhD, 1980, Purdue University

Professional Organizations

  • American Association for Cancer Research
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology