Opportunities and Challenges for Personalized Cancer Therapy Using Biotargeted Nanomedicines

Fatih Uckun

Fatih Uckun

Professor

USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center; CHLA Children’s Center for Cancer & Blood Diseases, Univ. of Southern California

Dr. Fatih Uckun, M.D., Ph.D., medical researcher, and professor, started his education in Germany, at the University of Heidelberg, after graduating from the German High School in Istanbul, Turkey. He earned the equivalents of his MD and Ph.D at University of Heidelberg, whereupon he relocated to the United States to accept an internship in pediatrics, followed by a residency in the same specialty at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Dr. Fatih Uckun also completed a research fellowship in biochemistry, microbiology, and immunology, as well as a clinical fellowship in pediatric hematology, oncology, and blood and bone marrow transplantation at the University of Minnesota between 1985 and 1992.

Dr. Fatih Uckun began his teaching career at the University of Minnesota. The Department of Therapeutic Radiology-Radiation Oncology appointed him an Assistant Professor in 1986. He became an Associate Professor with tenure in the same department in 1990, and then joined the Department of Pharmacology in 1992. The following year, Dr. Fatih Uckun was promoted to full Professorship with tenure in the departments of Pediatrics, Therapeutic Radiology-Radiation Oncology, and Pharmacology. The University of Minnesota’s Academic Health Center honored Dr. Fatih Uckun in 1996 as the first recipient of its Endowed Hughes Chair in Biotherapy.

In 1996, Dr. Fatih Uckun founded the Parker Hughes Institute together with the businessman and billionaire Wayne Hughes. Dr. Uckun served as the Director of research at Parker Hughes Institute for 11 years between 1997 and 2008. In 2009, he moved to Los Angeles to accept an appointment as Visiting Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. The following year, Dr. Fatih Uckun took the role of Full Professor of Research Pediatrics, a position he continues to hold today. In addition, he is a member of the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Fatih Uckun also has an academic appointment as Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatric Oncology, Selçuklu School of Medicine, Selçuk University, in Konya, Turkey.

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