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20th Annual Allen and Lee-Hwa Chao Lectureship in Cancer Research in Honor of H. H. Chao

Tyler Jacks, PhD

Director, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research
David H. Koch Professor of Biology

Community Lecture

February 4, 2020 (Further details TBA)

The Arnold & Mabel Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences & Engineering (map)
100 Academy Drive, Irvine, CA 92617

Scientific Lecture (Further details TBA)

February 5th

Thorp Conference Center 4th Floor, Gross Hall
Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center

About the Speaker

Professor Jacks received his bachelor's degree in biology from Harvard College, and his doctorate from the University of California, San Francisco, where he trained with Nobel Laureate Harold Varmus. He was a post-doctoral fellow with Robert Weinberg at the Whitehead Institute before he joined the MIT faculty in 1992. In recognition of his contributions to the study of cancer genetics, Professor Jacks received the AACR Outstanding Achievement Award, the Amgen Award from the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the Paul Marks Prize for Cancer Research, and the Sergio Lombroso Award in Cancer Research. He also served as Chair of the National Cancer Advisory Board at the National Cancer Institute, was a member of the Board of Directors of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), and was elected President of the AACR in 2009. Professor Jacks was also elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the inaugural class of Fellows of the AACR Academy. In 2015, he was the recipient of the Killian Award, the highest honor the MIT faculty can bestow upon one of its members.  Professor Jacks serves on the Board of Directors of Thermo Fisher Scientific and Amgen. He is also a co-founder of T2 Biosystems and Dragonfly Therapeutics, and serves as an advisor to several other companies.

About the Allen and Lee-Hwa Chao Lectureship in Cancer Research in Honor of H. H. Chao

The Allen and Lee-Hwa Chao Lectureship in Cancer Research was established in 1999 with a gift from Allen Chao and his wife Lee-Hwa Chao. The Chao family has been generous contributors to UC Irvine and the Cancer Center over the years, with three generations of Chaos giving nearly $30 million to the campus. The cancer center is named in the family's honor.

The lecture series is named in honor of the Chao family patriarch, the late H. H. Chao and provides a forum to share and discuss topics related to cancer research, prevention and treatment. Each year the lectureship hosts an internationally renowned leader in cancer research, who delivers a technical colloquium in addition to a public lecture. Both lectures are free and open to the public. Past Lecturers »