Marni Slavik, Ph.D.

Faculty Scientist

Training & Education

Dr. Slavik received her Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2003, where she studied human skin epithelial differentiation.  For postdoctoral research, she worked with Dr. Paula Fives-Taylor and Dr. Keith Mintz at UVM, investigating the invasion of the periodontal bacterium Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans into epithelial cells.  Afterward she worked with Dr. Jeff Bond and Dr. Julie Dragon in the UVM Bioinformatics Shared Resource before joining as a faculty in 2022.

Featured Publications

Landry KK, Seward DJ, Dragon JA, Slavik M, Xu K, McKinnon WC, Colello L, Sweasy J, Wallace SS, Cuke M, Wood ME. Investigation of discordant sibling pairs from hereditary breast cancer families and analysis of a rare PMS1 variant. Cancer Genet. 2022 Jan;260-261:30-36. doi: 10.1016/j.cancergen.2021.11.004. Epub 2021 Nov 15. PMID: 34852986.

Sholler GS, Currier EA, Dutta A, Slavik MA, Illenye SA, Mendonca MC, Dragon J, Roberts SS, Bond JP. PCI-24781 (abexinostat), a novel histone deacetylase inhibitor, induces reactive oxygen species-dependent apoptosis and is synergistic with bortezomib in neuroblastoma. J Cancer Ther Res. 2013 Dec 28;2:21. doi: 10.7243/2049-7962-2-21. PMID: 25520806; PMCID: PMC4266584.

Koto KS, Lescault P, Brard L, Kim K, Singh RK, Bond J, Illenye S, Slavik MA, Ashikaga T, Saulnier Sholler GL. Antitumor activity of nifurtimox is enhanced with tetrathiomolybdate in medulloblastoma. Int J Oncol. 2011 May;38(5):1329-41. doi: 10.3892/ijo.2011.971. Epub 2011 Mar 10. PMID: 21399873.

Saulnier Sholler GL, Bergendahl GM, Brard L, Singh AP, Heath BW, Bingham PM, Ashikaga T, Kamen BA, Homans AC, Slavik MA, Lenox SR, Higgins TJ, Ferguson WS. A phase 1 study of nifurtimox in patients with relapsed/refractory neuroblastoma. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2011 Jan;33(1):25-30. doi: 10.1097/MPH.0b013e3181f47061. PMID: 21063221.

Slavik MA, Allen-Hoffmann BL, Liu BY, Alexander CM. Wnt signaling induces differentiation of progenitor cells in organotypic keratinocyte cultures. BMC Dev Biol. 2007 Feb 17;7:9. doi: 10.1186/1471-213X-7-9. PMID: 17306035; PMCID: PMC1821013.


Marni Slavik smiling

Contact Information

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