Dr. Bernard Futscher and Dr. George Watts are the founding directors of the GSS having guided it from its inception in 1998.  Dr. Bernard Futscher is a Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology in the College of Pharmacy.  His research has been involved in cancer genetics and epigenetics since his graduate school training.  Dr. Futscher has been continuously funded for this research by NIH/NIEHS for 20 years.  Dr. George Watts, PhD (Co-Director) is a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacology in the College of Medicine and has over 15 years of experience in the area of genomic technologies and cancer biology, with over 20 collaborative authorships.

Ms. Candice Mason (Research Specialist) serves as the manager of the GSS and interacts directly with GSS users performing experiments.  Ms. Clark has a BS in Molecular Biology from the University of Arizona and has 11 years of experience working in the UACC GSS.  Ms. Mason’s primary technical duties are performing the reactions and techniques involved in all microarray analyses, RNA quality control, and RT-PCR reactions.  Dr. Marc Oshiro (Assistant Research Scientist) has the primary technical responsibility for performing microbiome and epigenetic services in the GSS.  Dr. Oshiro has a PhD in Pharmacology & Toxicology from the University of Arizona and has published extensively in the area of cancer cell signaling and epigenetics.  Together, Ms. Clark and Dr. Oshiro maintain all equipment and supplies.  Importantly, Ms. Mason and Dr. Oshiro are cross-trained in all technologies within the GSS and both participate in the development and implementation of new technologies and services offered by the GSS.



George Watts, PhD
Tel. 520.626.4724
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Bernard Futcher, PhD
Tel. 520.626.4646
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Marc Oshiro, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
Tel. 520.626.067
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Candice Clark-Mason
Research Technician
Tel. 520.626.0267
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