24th Porto Cancer Meeting 2017
Liquid biopsy: bringing precision medicine closer to oncology
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Raghu Kalluri was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He received his B.S. in Chemistry and Genetics. He received his PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Kansas Medical Center and his M.D. degree from Brown University Medical School. Dr Kalluri was a postdoctoral fellow and a research associate at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School. In 1997, DrKalluri moved to Harvard Medical School as an Assistant Professor of Medicine and as a faculty based in the Department of Medicine at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. In 2006, this he became the Chief of the Division of Matrix Biology and promoted to Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He held faculty appointments in the Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology at HMS, Harvard MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology and Harvard Stem Cell Institute, and was a research fellow of the HMS Peabody Society. In 2012, Dr Kalluri moved to The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center as the Chairman and Professor of the Department of Cancer Biology and the Director of the Metastasis Research Center. Dr Kalluri currently holds the Olla S. Stribling Distinguished Chair for Cancer Research and previously held the Rebecca and Joseph Brown Endowed Chair at MD Anderson Cancer Center. In 2015 Dr Kalluri received the Jacob Henle Medal from the Georg-August University in Germany to honour his contribution to medical research. He is the recipient of four mentorship and teaching awards from the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School. He is also the recipient of several research excellence awards for his work on basement membranes and extracellular matrix as related to fibrosis and cancer progression. He is the fellow of the American Society of Clinical Investigation and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Dr Kalluri has published over 290 peer-reviewed manuscripts. Dr Kalluri has trained 83 postdoctoral fellows/physician-scientists, 11 graduate students, and 56 undergraduate students. Fifty-one of his trainees hold academic positions around the world. Dr Kalluri teaches core courses for graduate students and medical students. He serves on science and health advisory panels in the USA and European Union and on the editorial boards of several academic journals representing biology and medicine. His laboratory is broadly interested in the study of cell and tissue microenvironment and its impact on tissue injury/regeneration and cancer. Recent work from Dr Kalluri’s group unravelled new pathomechanisms of pancreatic cancer and offered insights into novel strategies for diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic cancer.