Beckman Research Institute Research Department Chairs

Meet the esteemed and renowned department chairs guiding the institute’s efforts. 
 
 
Michael Barish, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine

At the Intersection of neurobiology and immuno-oncology.

Charles Brenner, Ph.D.
Charles Brenner, Ph.D.
Alfred E. Mann Family Foundation Chair in Diabetes and Cancer Metabolism; Professor, Department of Diabetes & Cancer Metabolism

The Brennar Lab dissects the disturbances of the four nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) coenzymes — the central catalysts of metabolism — to develop tools that improve health. 

Nadia Carlesso, M.D. Ph.D., Department of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine
Nadia Carlesso, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine

Modulation of the bone marrow niche to redirect cellular networks in stress and malignant hematopoiesis

Shiuan Chen, Ph.D.
Lester M. and Irene C. Finkelstein Chair in Biology; Professor and Chair, Department of Cancer Biology and Molecular Medicine

Shiuan Chen, Ph.D., chairs the Department of Cancer Biology and Molecular Medicine at the Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope.

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Jianjun Chen, Ph.D.
Simms/Mann Family Foundation Chair in Systems Biology; Professor and Chair, Department of Systems Biology

Jianjun Chen, Ph.D., is the Simms/Mann Family Foundation Chair in Systems Biology, professor and chair in the Department of Systems Biology, and deputy director for the Center for RNA Biology and Therapeutics at City of Hope.

City of Hope Department of Integrative Translational Sciences Chair David W. Craig, Ph.D.
David W. Craig, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Integrative Translational Sciences

David W. Craig, Ph.D., is the founding chair of the Department of Integrative Translational Sciences at City of Hope and incoming deputy director of Translational Sciences at the Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope.

Doctor Ajay Goel
Ajay Goel, Ph.D., AGAF
Professor and Chair, Department of Molecular Diagnostics and Experimental Therapeutics

Ajay Goel, Ph.D., AGAF, associate director of basic Science, Comprehensive Cancer Center; professor and chair, Department of Molecular Diagnostics and Experimental Therapeutics, researches molecular pathogenesis of human gastrointestinal cancers and its relationship to early detection of cancer

Michael Kahn, Ph.D. Professor and Chair, Department of Molecular Medicine
Michael Kahn, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Cancer Biology and Molecular Medicine

Michael Kahn, Ph.D., is a professor  of the Department of Cancer Biology &  Molecular Medicine at Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope.

Fouad R. Kandeel, M.D., Ph.D.
Arthur D. Riggs Distinguished Chair in Diabetes & Metabolism Research; Professor and Chair, Department of Translational Research & Cellular Therapeutics

Fouad R Kandeel, M.D., Ph.D., is the director of the Islet Cell Transplantation Program and Arthur D. Riggs Distinguished Chair in Diabetes & Metabolism Research at City of Hope.

Peter P. Lee, M.D.
Billy and Audrey L. Wilder Chair of Immuno-Oncology

Peter P. Lee, M.D., is professor and chair in the department of Immuno-Oncology, Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope in Southern California and beneficiary of The Christopher Family Endowed Innovation Fund for Alzheimer’s Disease and Breast Cancer Research in Honor of Vineta Christopher.

Guido Marcucci
Guido Marcucci, M.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Hematologic Malignancies Translational Science

Guido Marcucci, M.D., is professor and chair of the Department of Hematological Malignancies Translational Science and chief of the Division of Leukemia.

Rama Natarajan
Rama Natarajan, Ph.D.
Deputy Director, Arthur Riggs Diabetes & Metabolism Research Institute

Rama Natarajan is the National Business Products Industry Endowed Chair in Diabetes Research, professor and chair in the Department of Diabetes Complications & Metabolism at City of Hope.

Joyce Niland
Joyce Niland, Ph.D.
Estelle & Edward Alexander Chair of Diabetes & Cancer Discovery

Joyce Niland, Ph.D., is professor and chair of the Department of Diabetes & Cancer Discovery Science within the Arthur Riggs Diabetes & Metabolism Research Institute at City of Hope.

John Rossi
John J. Rossi, Ph.D.
Lidow Family Research Chair

John Rossi, Ph.D., is dean emeritus of the Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences, professor and chair in the Department of Mollecular and Cellular Biology, and director of the Center for RNA Biology and Thererapeutics at Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope, specializing in

Victoria Seewaldt
Victoria L. Seewaldt, M.D.
Ruth Ziegler Chair in Population Sciences

Victoria Seewaldt, M.D., is the Ruth Ziegler Chair in Population Sciences and chair and professor of the Department of Population Sciences, with a clinical specialty in breast cancer.

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Binghui Shen, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Cancer Genetics and Epigenetics, Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope

Binghui Shen, Ph.D., is professor and chair of the Department of Cancer Genetics and Epigenetics at Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope.

Debbie Thurmond, Ph.D. | Director, Arthur Riggs Diabetes & Metabolism Research Institute
Debbie C. Thurmond, Ph.D.
Director, Arthur Riggs Diabetes & Metabolism Research Institute; Chan Soon-Shiong Shapiro Distinguished Chair in Diabetes

Debbie C. Thurmond, Ph.D., is director of the Arthur Riggs Diabetes & Metabolism Research Institute at City of Hope and chair and professor in the Department of Molecular & Cellular Endocrinology.

Nagarajan Vaidehi
Nagarajan Vaidehi, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Computational and Quantitative Medicine

Nagarajan Vaidehi, Ph.D., is a scientist, educator and leader with a career-long commitment to developing computational methods to simulate dynamics of proteins involved in signal transduction pathways and using them for the discovery of next generation drugs with lower side effects. Dr. Vaidehi is

Anna Wu
Anna Wu, Ph.D.
Chair and Professor, Department of Immunology & Theranostics

Anna Wu, Ph.D., is chair of the Department of Immunology & Theranostics and co-director of the Center for Theranostic Studies.