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

Dr. Tyler Jacks

Tyler Jacks, PhD

Director, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research &
David H. Koch Professor of Biology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator

Community Lecture
February 4, 2020, 5:00 PM Reception | 6:00 PM Lecture
Engineering Solutions to the Problems of Cancer

The Arnold & Mabel Beckman Center (map)
100 Academy Drive, Irvine, CA 92617
RSVP by Tuesday, January 28, 2020 to Brianna Moore at bmmoore1@uci.edu or 714-509-2107

Scientific Lecture
February 5, 2020, 11:00 AM
Dissecting Tumor Evolution at Single Cell Resolution

Thorp Conference Center 4th Floor, Gross Hall
Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center
RSVP by Tuesday, January 28, 2020 to https://forms.gle/H8iahqmJMmFUPuKL9

About Dr. Jacks

Tyler Jacks, PhD is the Director of the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT, the David H. Koch Professor of Biology, and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Over the course of his career at MIT, Dr. 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 has published more than 300 scientific papers.

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. He is an advisor to several biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, and is a member of the Board of Directors of Amgen and Thermo Fisher Scientific. He is a founder of T2 Biosciences and Dragonfly Therapeutics, where he serves as chair of the Scientific Advisory Board.

Among many honors, Dr. Jacks 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. In 2015, he received the Killian Award, the highest honor MIT bestow upon a member of its faculty.

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 »