Alan Ashworth, PhD, FRS
President, Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
University of California
San Francisco, California
Dr. Ashworth is president of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center; senior vice president for Cancer Services, UCSF Health; professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Medicine; and E. Dixon Heise Distinguished Professor in Oncology. One of Dr. Ashworth’s major contributions to cancer research has been his work on genes involved in cancer risk. He was a key part of the team that in 1995 discovered the gene BRCA2, which is linked to an increased risk of some types of cancers. Ten years later, he identified a way to exploit genetic weaknesses in cancer cells including mutated BRCA1 and BRCA2, leading to a new approach to cancer treatment, which is now approved for clinical use. Dr. Ashworth is an elected member of EMBO, a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, and a Fellow of the Royal Society.