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Ronny Drapkin headshotRon Drapkin, MD, PhD

Department of OBGYN, University of Pennsylvania
Biomedical Research Building
421 Curie Blvd., Rm. 1215
Philadelphia, PA 19104

The Penn Ovarian Cancer Research Center (OCRC), established in 2007, serves as a catalyst to promote comprehensive and interdisciplinary research on ovarian cancer in collaboration with the Jordan Center for Gynecologic Cancer, the Abramson Cancer Center, the Basser Center for BRCA, the Wistar Institute, and the Penn Immunotherapy Program, as well as numerous local, national and international investigators and clinicians.

The OCRC has five major goals:

  • Develop new methods for early detection of ovarian cancer
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of ovarian cancer pathogenesis
  • Characterize the genetic factors that drive the development of hereditary and sporadic forms of ovarian cancer
  • Develop new approaches to treat and prevent ovarian cancer
  • Support clinical trials to assess safety and efficacy of new treatments

The ultimate goal of these programs is to improve the quality of life for women with ovarian cancer and provide guidance and support to their families.

Patient care and clinical trials are conducted in the Jordan Center for Gynecologic Cancer on the 3rd floor (west) in the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine.  Our translational and basic research program is located in the Smilow Center for Translational Research, immediately adjacent to the Perelman Center, and the Biomedical Research Building. These state of the art facilities encourage our "bench to bedside" approach to ovarian cancer and support our multidisciplinary approach to patient care and research.

To learn more about our program, our team and ovarian cancer, click on the links below:

Opportunities for Giving

Gifts to the Penn Ovarian Cancer Research Center support its mission of maintaining excellence in patient care, education and research.  For more information or to make a gift, please fill out the online form or contact:

Madeline Hansen
Associate Director of Development
Abramson Cancer Center
Penn Medicine Development
3535 Market Street, Suite 750
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office Phone 215-898-9174

Send me an email if you are interested in signing up for the Penn Ovarian Cancer Research Center newsletter to receive the latest updates from our research and fundraising efforts. 

Research and Clinical Team

Research Team

  • Andrea Facciabene, PhD
  • Carl H. June, MD
  • Chunseng Li, PhD
  • Mark A. Morgan, MD
  • Pat J. Morin, PhD
  • Daniel J. Powell, Jr., PhD
  • Fiona Simpkins, MD
  • Janos Tanyi, MD, PhD
  • Wei-Ting Hwang, PhD
  • Lin Zhang, MD

Clinical Research Team

  • Andrew Best
  • Vijaya Dandamudi
  • Euihye Jung
  • Jessica Marchesi
  • Qunrui Ye, PhD


In This Section

Clinical Research

Learn more about the Penn Ovarian Cancer Research Center Immunotherapy Program.

Ovarian Cancer Programs

Learn more about why research on Early Detection, Prevention and Advanced Therapy is critical.

Translational Research

The Penn Ovarian Cancer Research Center translational research activities.

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