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Two faculty inducted into the 2014 elected class of fellows of the American Association for Cancer Research Academy

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), the world’s oldest and largest professional society dedicated to advancing cancer research, inducted Salk professors Ronald Evans and Inder Verma into its 2014 class of elected fellows in April.

(from left) Inder Verma, Ronald Evans

The AACR Academy recognizes scientists who have made exceptional contributions to cancer research or cancer-related biomedical science and whose work has had a major impact in their fields. The fellows are elected through a peer-review process that evaluates individuals on the basis of their innovative and influential scientific achievements in cancer research.

Verma, who is holder of the Irwin and Joan Jacobs Chair in Exemplary Life Science and American Cancer Society Professor of Molecular Biology, is renowned for developing innovative gene therapy techniques that have led to a better understanding of tumors, cancer stem cells and cancer-related genes. Evans, director of the Gene Expression Laboratory, is the March of Dimes Chair in Developmental and Molecular Biology and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. Evans is a leading authority on hormone signals, many of which he discovered are primary targets in the treatment of leukemia and pancreatic, breast and prostate cancers.