Acclaimed Wright State cancer researcher dies


Julián Gómez-Cambronero, a renowned and accomplished cancer researcher at Wright State University, has died. He was 59.

A WSU professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, Gómez-Cambronero died on Nov. 12, according to the university. While at Wright State, Gómez-Cambronero discovered a key protein that plays a critical role in the development of breast cancer tumors and the spread of the disease to the lungs.

Gómez-Cambronero secured more than $6 million in research funding from National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association and other agencies. He authored about 100 peer-reviewed publications and reviewed manuscripts for more than 20 scientific journals and for the NIH, according to WSU.

Cambronero’s work earned him several accolades.

He was named honorary professor at Southern Medical University in Guangzhou, China, in 2012 and in 2013 and was awarded the title of Brage Golding Distinguished Professor of Research in 2013 at Wright State. In 2015, he received a visiting scholar position at Harvard Medical University along with a multimillion-dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health, according to WSU.

Gómez-Cambronero was a native of Spain and grew up in Manzanares, a municipality in Ciudad Real, a city of 75,000 in the famed La Mancha region of Spain. He received the Professional Achievement “Sembrador” Award from the Manzanares in 2004 and was named as the city’s “Favorite Son” during a ceremony in 2014, according to Wright State.

A funeral Mass for Cambronero is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Friday at Immaculate Conception Church on Smithville Road in Dayton.

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