John D. Carpten, PhD

John D. Carpten, PhD

University of Southern California

Goals for the AACR

My background and experience can help the AACR attain its goals by assisting in the development and optimization of AACR conferences and meetings for fostering a culture and environment of collaboration and sharing of information relevant to cancer. I feel as though I am not only a representative of the scientific community, but I am also a community advocate for underrepresented populations. Therefore, I plan to continue to be a champion for pushing equality in cancer research by growing the diverse community of scientists into the AACR so as to broaden the overall impact of cancer research.

Research Interests

Genome sciences and cancer molecular genetics with experience in a number of tumor types including prostate, breast, colorectal, renal, and hepatobiliary cancers, and melanoma and multiple myeloma; pediatric cancer research; rare combination of expertise in germline cancer genetics, somatic cancer profiling, and cancer cell biology; prostate cancer GWAS and family linkage studies; somatic tumor profiling across a vast array of tumor types with seminal discoveries and functional validation of oncogenic mutations; precision oncology and clinical profiling of cancers to understand and improve the effectiveness of targeted therapies; determination of the potential molecular underpinnings of cancer health disparities.

Current Affiliations

Professor (with tenure) and Chair, Department of Translational Genomics; Professor, Department of Urology; Director, Institute of Translational Genomics; Program Coleader, Translational and Clinical Sciences Program; and Director, USC Molecular Genomics Core, Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, Keck School of Medicine of USC, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California.

Previous Positions

Professor and Division Director, Division of Integrated Cancer Genomics (2012-2016), and Deputy Director of Basic Research (2012-2016), Translational Genomics Research Institute, Phoenix, Arizona; Investigator, Cancer Genetics Branch, National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), National Institutes of Health (2000-2003), Bethesda, Maryland.

Postdoctoral Training

Senior Staff Fellow, Cancer Genetics Branch, NHGRI, NIH (1994-2000), Bethesda, Maryland; Adjunct Faculty, Department of Medical Microbiology, Howard University College of Medicine (1998-1999), Washington, D.C.

Selected AACR Service, Honors, and Awards

Chair, Steering Committee, AACR Cancer Health Disparities Report 2020 (2019-present); Chair (2018-2019), Cochair (2014-2017), and Member (2007-2008), Annual Meeting Program Committee; Recipient, AACR-Minorities in Cancer Research Jane Cooke Wright Lectureship (2018); Chair, Think Tank on Cancer Health Disparities (2018); Member, Minorities in Cancer Research Council (2018-present); Participant, AACR Scientist↔Survivor Program (2018); Member, Publications Committee (2016-2019); Recipient, AACR Distinguished Lectureship on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities, Funded by Susan G. Komen® (2014); Chair, Special Conference, “The Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved” (2013, 2009, 2007); Faculty, Educational Workshop, “Integrative Cancer Epidemiology” (2013); Senior Editor, Cancer Research (2012-2016); Member, Cancer Epigenome Task Force (2007-2010); Member, Minorities in Cancer Research Council (2007-2010); Member, AACR International Conference on Molecular Diagnostics in Cancer Therapeutic Development Program Committee (2007); Participant, Think Tank on Translational Cancer Medicine (2007).

Selected Non-AACR Service, Honors, and Awards

Member, Stand Up To Cancer Advisory Committee (2019-present); Member, Stand Up To Cancer Health Equity Committee (2019-present); Member, National Institutes of Health Advisory Committee to the Director (2018-present); Member, Data Science Working Group, National Cancer Advisory Board (2018-present); Member, Board of Scientific Counselors, National Cancer Institute (2017-present); Member, California Governor’s Precision Medicine Advisory Council (2017-present); Chair, Study Section, National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities, NIH (2017); Chair, External Advisory Committee, Florida Minority Cancer Research and Training Center (2014-present); Permanent Member, GNOM-G Study Section, NHGRI, NIH (2013-2015); Member, Medical Advisory Committee, Hyundai Hope On Wheels (2013-present); Member, External Advisory Committee, NHGRI/NIH Biorepository (2007-2015); Member, External Advisory Board, Childhood Cancer TARGET Initiative, NCI (2007-Present); Recipient, Trailblazer Award, Science Spectrum Magazine (2006); Recipient, Faculty Mentor Award, National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH (2002).


PhD, Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio (1994); BS, Biology and Chemistry, Lane College, Jackson, Tennessee (1988).