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BCRF Grantee Since


Donor Recognition

The Macy's Award

Area(s) of Focus

C. Kent Osborne, MD

Director, Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center
Professor of Medicine and Molecular and Cellular Biology
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas

Current Research

Although we have effective treatments for estrogen receptor-positive (ER+) and HER2+ breast cancers, many tumors are, or become resistant to these therapies. Drs. Osborne and Schiff are collaborating to develop new models of resistance that can be used for a variety of scientific studies to identify key molecules responsible for treatment resistance and to develop new treatments that will improve patient outcome. In 2014-2015 they will continue to investigate a process called adaptive feedback that promotes the development of resistance to anti-estrogen and other targeted therapies, while continuing their work to identify new strategies to prevent resistance to anti-HER2 therapies.


Dr. Osborne was born in St. Louis, Missouri and received his AB and his MD from the University of Missouri, both with honors. He completed his internship and residency at Johns Hopkins and followed this with three years as a Clinical Associate at the Medicine Branch of the National Cancer Institute. He was a faculty member at the University of Texas Health Science Center from 1977 until 1999 and became Chief of Medical Oncology in 1992. In 1999, Dr. Osborne moved to Baylor College of Medicine to direct a new Breast Center and in 2004 he, in addition, was named Director of the Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center at Baylor.

Dr. Osborne's research interests have focused on the biology and treatment of breast cancer. He has published extensively on the role of growth factors in breast cancer pathogenesis, and he has also investigated the mechanisms of action and resistance to ER and HER2 targeted therapies in breast cancer. Dr. Osborne currently directs the Baylor Breast Cancer Specialized Program of Research Excellence Grant. Dr. Osborne has authored more than 400 manuscripts dealing with the biology and treatment of breast cancer.