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Mar. 10, 2021

The First Basic Laboratory Cancer Center in the Nation

This year, the National Cancer Institute commemorates the 50th anniversary of the National Cancer Act, which changed the course of cancer research history in the U.S. In 1972, The Wistar Institute Cancer Center became the first Basic Laboratory Cancer Center in the nation.

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Mar. 5, 2021

Rugang Zhang, Ph.D., Named the Christopher M. Davis Professor

Receiving an endowed professorship is a defining moment in a scientist’s career. Dr. Rugang Zhang has been named the Christopher M. Davis Professor and was honored at a virtual event that gathered together the Davis family and friends, colleagues, and past and present lab members to celebrate his prolific research career and the sustaining contributions of the Davis family.

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Feb. 11, 2021

A Gene That Shields Our Skin From the Damages of UV Rays

Dr. Chengyu Liang, who joined the Wistar faculty in July 2020, leads an exciting research program that investigates fundamental cellular processes in the context of infectious disease  and cancer, with particular focus on melanoma. 

Her lab studies how a specific gene can protect our skin from the damage caused by ultraviolet (UV) radiation by examining the many functions of the UV radiation resistance associated gene (UVRAG).

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Feb. 9, 2021

Tom’s America

President Altieri remembers his late mentor Thomas Scott Edgington
Thomas Scott Edgington died in La Jolla, California, on January 22, 2021 from heart disease. He was a towering figure in vascular biology and a titan in molecular medicine with most of his career spent at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California. Tom contributed five decades of groundbreaking scientific advances, innovation and entrepreneurship: his work on tissue factor rewrote the narrative about coagulation in biology and medicine. Tom did not want an obituary. Maybe he thought that obituaries read as words in the past tense, abstract. In fact, Tom was never in the past tense or in the abstract. He was the present, in flesh and bones.