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Anna D. Barker, PhD

Anna D. Barker, PhD

University of Southern California
Los Angeles, California

Class of 2021

Scientific Areas of Expertise: Cancer Innovation; Precision and Transformative Medicine; Systems Science

For her enormous and highly impactful contributions to building many of the essential elements of cancer precision medicine including serving as co-founder of The Cancer Genome Atlas, whereby she played a critical role in the design, initiation, and establishment of the program, heralded for the molecular characterization of over 20,000 biospecimens spanning 33 tumor types, including 10 rare cancers; for her innovative and unwavering scientific foresight, leadership, and success in establishing the NCI Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer, the Clinical Proteomics Technologies Initiative for Cancer, and the Cancer Human Biobank and Cancer Bioinformatics Grid; and for her decades-long pioneering contributions to convergence and complex systems science and the Physical Sciences-Oncology Centers.