Jedlicka Lab

Research Interests:

Cancers of childhood have unique pathobiology, including origins in developing or otherwise immature tissues, relative paucity of mutations, prominent epigenetic dysregulation, and clinically aggressive behavior, including early and frequent metastasis. These properties are typified by two of the most common sarcomas of childhood, Ewing Sarcoma and Rhabdomyosarcoma. Sarcomas are cancers arising in tissues of mesenchymal origin, such as the soft tissues (connective tissue and muscle) or bone. While exceedingly rare in adults, sarcomas account for ~15% of all cancers, and ~25% of solid (non-hematopoietic) cancers in children. A subset of sarcoma patients presenting without metastatic disease can be cured with multi-agent conventional chemotherapy. However, patients presenting with metastasis or recurrence face poor outcomes and currently have few viable treatment options. The need for understanding the biological basis of aggressive sarcoma behavior, including the strong propensity for metastatic spread, and development of better therapies based on this understanding, is high. This is the broad objective of our research, which focuses on the identification, understanding and targeting of disease-promoting mechanisms and pathways in pediatric sarcomas, including Ewing Sarcoma and Rhabdomyosarcoma.

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Paul Jedlicka MD, PhD

Associate Professor - Pediatric Surgical - Autopsy Pathology
  • Pathology (SOM)
  • University of Colorado, Anschutz
  • Department of Pathology

Areas of Expertise

Pediatric pathology; Sarcoma biology and epigenetics.

Education, Licensure & Certifications

  • BS, University of Rochester; PhD, Johns Hopkins University
  • MD, McGill University; Internship, Pediatrics, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Residency, Anatomic Pathology, Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Clinical Fellowship, Pediatric Pathology, Children's Hospital Colorado
  • Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, University of Colorado, Anschutz.


  • Young Investigator Award, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation
  • Early-Career Investigator Award, Boettcher/Webb-Waring Foundation
  • Gilbert-Barness Lectureship, University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Summit Award for Resident Teaching, Dept of Pathology (2012, 2014, 2017, 2019, 2020).


Children’s Oncology Group; Cancer Epigenetics Society.

Pathology (SOM)

CU Anschutz

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12631 East 17th Avenue

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Aurora, CO 80045


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