Alan Ashworth, PhD, FRS, FAACR
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.