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Fatih Uckun, M.D., Ph.D. is a senior physician-scientist who currently holds the academic post of Professor of Research in the Department of Pediatrics in the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. In addition, he serves as the Head of Translational Research in Leukemia and Lymphoma and the Leader of the Developmental Therapeutics Program within the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Dr. Fatih Uckun also heads a federally funded Nanomedicine Research & Development Program at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. This program is affiliated with the National Cancer Institute Alliance on Nanotechnology against Cancer. Among his many ongoing duties, Dr. Fatih Uckun serves as a member of the Developmental Therapeutics Program Working Group of the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Dr. Fatih Uckun belongs to a number of medical associations, including the American Society for Clinical Investigation, an honor society for leading physician-scientists. He holds patents for more than 80 inventions, received numerous awards, including the Stohlman Memorial Award, the highest honor given by the Leukemia Society of America to its most productive scholars and has lectured at many prestigious organizations and conferences.

Dr. Fatih Uckun has published more than 400 articles in most prestigious peer-reviewed journals, including Science, Nature, Immunity, New England Journal of Medicine, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. He has also written chapters for nearly 30 books, on topics ranging from biochemistry to cancer medicine. Often sought as a guest lecturer on his work, he regularly speaks to other professional groups about his projects.

In July 2011, Dr. Fatih Uckun will participate in the Gordon Research Conference in Waterville, Maine, as an invited discussion leader on the topic of cancer nanotechnology. Dr. Fatih Uckun attended Heidelberg University in Germany, where he earned an M.D. and the equivalent of an American Ph.D. After his time in Germany, Dr. Fatih Uckun completed a postdoctoral fellowship in immunology at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. He then completed a four-year residency in pediatrics at the same university, followed by a clinical fellowship in pediatric hematology, oncology, and bone marrow transplantation.

During his time at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Fatih Uckun was promoted from Associate Professor to Full Professor with tenure in the Departments of Pediatrics, Pharmacology, Therapeutic Radiology-Radiation Oncology as well as directorship of the Biotherapy Institute. He was the first holder of the Endowed Hughes Chair in Biotherapy at the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center. Prior to joining CHLA and USC, Dr. Uckun served as the director of the Parker Hughes Institute in St. Paul, Minnesota that was established with a multi-million dollar gift from the Californian billionaire Mr. B. Wayne Hughes.

Occupation: Professor of Research Pediatrics


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