“Inventing personalized cancer treatments through basic science”
Hartmut (Hucky) Land, Ph.D.
Robert and Dorothy Markin Professor and Chair,
Department of Biomedical Genetics
Director of Research & Co-Director, James P. Wilmot Cancer Center
University of Rochester Medical Center
Hucky Land has contributed seminal work towards understanding the molecular basis of cancer. He was among the pioneering scientists who discovered that cancer requires multiple mutations to occur, and that these cancer mutations actively cooperate with each other. Land has made many other, vital discoveries about cancer-gene cooperation and most recently cancer-cell vulnerabilities common to a variety of cancers. Overall, his investigations aim at the development of more personalized cancer treatments. Born in Germany, Dr. Land earned his doctorate at the University of Heidelberg, studied as a postdoctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and then worked for 14 years at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund in London. He joined the University of Rochester in 1999 and founded the Department of Biomedical Genetics, building it into a scientific powerhouse of 150 associated researchers, many of whom study cancer cells’ unique vulnerabilities. He also serves as the Director of Research & Co-Director of the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center at the University of Rochester Medical Center.
Our March Cafe will be "The limits of human vision", by Prof. David R. Williams, the Dean for Research of Arts, Science & Engineering and Director of the Center for Visual Science at the University of Rochester.