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Engineering the Cancer Genome
The Maclyn McCarty Memorial Lecture
- Friday Lecture Series
Tyler Jacks, Ph.D., David H. Koch Professor of Biology, Daniel K. Ludwig Scholar, director of the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Over the course of his career Tyler Jacks has pioneered the use of gene targeting technology to study cancer-associated genes and to construct models of many human cancer types, including cancers of the lung, brain, and ovary. His laboratory has made seminal contributions to the understanding of the effects of mutations of several common cancer-associated genes. This research has led to novel insights into tumor development, normal development, and other cellular processes, as well as new strategies for cancer detection and treatment.
Dr. Jacks received his Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of California, San Francisco. After postdoctoral work at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, he became an assistant professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he is now the director of the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, a Daniel K. Ludwig Scholar, and a professor of biology. He has been a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator since 2002. Dr. Jacks has served on the Board of Scientific Advisors of the National Cancer Institute, is the immediate past chair of the National Cancer Advisory Board, and served as co-chair of Vice President Biden’s Cancer Moonshot’s Blue Ribbon Panel. Among his many honors are the Hope Fund for Cancer Research Award of Excellence and the Sergio Lombroso Award in Cancer Research; he is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Fellows of the American Association of Cancer Research Academy.
- Open to
- Hermann Steller, Ph.D.
- Refreshments, 3:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m., Abby Lounge
- Justin Sloboda
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