Dennis Roop ’69

Dennis RoopDr. Dennis Roop ’69 is the founding Director of the Charles C. Gates Center for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus. He is Professor of Dermatology and holds the Charles C. Gates Chair of Regenerative Medicine. He also serves as Director of the Gates Biomanufacturing Facility, a state-of-the-art current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) facility, which opened in April, 2015 and manufactures US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved investigational regenerative medicine products for early phase clinical trials.

Roop’s laboratory is currently isolating and characterizing cancer stem cells with a goal of developing novel therapeutic strategies that specifically target cancer stem cells for destruction and prevent tumor recurrence. He has authored more than 300 peer-reviewed articles and reviews. His research program has been continuously funded by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases and the National Cancer Institute since 1989.
Roop is the recipient of several awards including: a Max Plank Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (1991), the William Montagna Lecture Award from the Society for Investigative Dermatology (1992), the Michael E. DeBakey, M.D., Excellence in Research Award (2001), the CE.R.I.E.S. Research Award (2002), the Tanioku Kihei Memorial Lecture Award from the Japanese Society for Investigative Dermatology (2003), the Rene Touraine Foundation Lecture Award (2005), and the Stephen Rothman Memorial Award from the Society for Investigative Dermatology (2010). He has served on the Advisory Council at the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases and he is a former President of the Society for Investigative Dermatology.

Roop received a B.A. degree in Biology from Berea College in 1969 and Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1977. He and his wife, Betty Hollandsworth ’70 enjoy gardening, cooking, and hiking.