Janet Rowley- ALUMNI

Alumni, External Advisory Board Member,
- Blum-Riese Distinguished Service Professor, Dept. of Medicine, Section of Hematology/Oncology, University of Chicago

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Department of Medicine, Section of Hematology/Oncology
The University of Chicago
5841 South Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637


Blum Riese Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine, Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology and Human Genetics. Dr. Janet Rowley was a pioneer in demonstrating that cancer is a genetic disease. Her work established that cancer is a genetic disease. She demonstrated that mutations in critical genes lead to specific forms of leukemia and lymphoma, and that one can determine the form of cancer present in a patient directly from the cancer’s genes. This changed the way cancer was understood, opened the door to development of drugs directed at the cancer-specific genetic abnormalities and created the paradigm that still drives cancer research.

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