James S. Economou, M.D., Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor for Research, UCLA
James S. Economou, M.D., Ph.D. is Vice Chancellor for Research at UCLA.He received all of his education from the Johns Hopkins University, completed his general surgical training at the University of California, San Francisco and joined the UCLA faculty in 1986. He is the Beaumont Professor of Surgery and Chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology. He has joint appointments in the Departments of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, and Molecular and Medical Pharmacology. A tumor immunologist, Dr. Economou has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) since joining the faculty and has chaired two NIH study sections. He undertook the first gene therapy trial on the West Coast; founded and led for 15 years the UCLA Human Gene Medicine Program; and has served as Deputy Director of the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center since 2002. Dr. Economou is President-Elect of the Society of Surgical Oncology and the recipient of its James Ewing M edal.Dr. Economou’s research interests include DNA and dendritic cell-based cancer vaccines, T-cell receptor engineering of lymphocytes and hematopoietic stem cells, and molecular mechanisms of resistance to apoptosis. As Vice Chancellor for Research, Dr. Economou maintains a referral-based clinical practice in surgical oncology and translational cancer gene therapy research.
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