New Discoveries and Honors in Cancer Research

Read the latest cancer research and recognition from the members of the Damon Runyon scientific circle.
May 3, 2021
Three Damon Runyon alumni elected to the National Academy of Sciences

Established by an Act of Congress in 1863, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is the body of distinguished researchers “charged with providing independent, objective advice to the nation on matters related to science and technology.” Election to membership is among the highest honors a scientist can receive. This year, three Damon Runyon alumni join the NAS ranks, bringing the total number of Damon Runyon alumni in NAS to 89.

Nenad Ban, PhD (Fellow ’95-’98), ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)

Dr. Ban's investigation of bacterial and eukaryotic ribosomes has provided fundamental insight into the process of protein synthesis in all kingdoms of life.



Geeta Narlikar, PhD (Fellow ’98-’01), University of California, San Francisco

Dr. Narlikar's study of epigenetic regulation and genome organization has changed our understanding of genome packaging and diseases caused by defects in genome organization.


Eileen P. White, PhD (Fellow ’83-’85), Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

Dr. White's research helped establish that oncogene activation that deregulates cell growth also activates apoptosis, and that inhibition of apoptosis promotes cancer and treatment resistance.



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