Jun J. Yang, PhD
AACR-Waun Ki Hong Award for Outstanding Achievement in Translational and Clinical Cancer Research

Jun J. Yang, PhD

Member, St. Jude Faculty
Vice-Chair, Department of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Endowed Chair in Pharmacogenomics
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Memphis, Tennessee

For inspiring contributions to genomic studies dedicated to analyzing therapeutic response rates in multi-ethnic pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia patient populations that has resulted in the identification of a large number of genomic loci responsible for driving therapeutic response variability, now being leveraged to predict treatment efficacy and toxicity in pediatric cancer populations.

In 2017, the AACR instituted the AACR-Waun Ki Hong Award for Outstanding Achievement in Translational and Clinical Cancer Research to recognize a worthy cancer researcher who has conducted highly meritorious translational and clinical cancer research anywhere in the world, and who has not yet reached 51 years of age at the time of award presentation. The award was established in recognition of the extraordinary contributions that Hong, a Fellow of the AACR Academy, made to advances in cancer research, cancer care, and cancer prevention during his long-standing and brilliant career as a physician-scientist.
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