Gary E. Gallick, PhD, a cancer researcher and longtime professor who won accolades for his teaching, died Sept. 10, 2019, at the age of 67.
Gallick was born Aug. 27, 1952. He received his bachelor’s degree in microbiology from the University of Michigan and his master’s and doctoral degrees in microbiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
For 38 years, he taught and conducted research at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS). During his career, he advised many students and postdoctoral fellows and served on numerous advisory committees. Gallick also established and led the first Graduate Education Committee to improve the quality of graduate education, and was the GSBS faculty president from 2000-2001.
Gallick won numerous awards including the John P. McGovern Outstanding Teaching Award in 1991 and the Andrew Sowell-Wade Huggins Professorship in Cancer Research for 2006-2007. In 2012, he received The University of Texas Regents’ Outstanding Teacher Award and the MD Anderson Faculty Achievement Award in Education, and was named a Distinguished Teaching Professor by MD Anderson.
Gallick is credited with developing a bidirectional pattern of investigation in his department, encouraging inquiry to flow from the laboratory to the clinic and back. His research focused on Src kinases as well as prostate cancer bone metastases. His work led to a series of co-clinical studies that shed light on vascular heterogeneity in prostate cancer bone metastases. The methods he developed have increased the understanding of the tumor-associated microenvironment in clinical cancers.
Gallick became a member of the AACR in 1992. He was an editorial board member of Clinical Cancer Research from 2003 to 2019.