McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research Names New Chair

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MADISON – Dr. James D. Shull will become the next chair of the Department of Oncology/McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research at UW-Madison.

Shull is currently the Ardith and Anna Von Housen Professor of Genetics; chair of the Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy; and director of the Center for Molecular Genetics and Genomics.
He completed his PhD in biochemistry at UW-Madison, followed by a post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Oncology (under the mentorship of Henry Pitot, the second chair of the McArdle Laboratory/Department of Oncology). He then returned to his home state of Nebraska, where he joined the faculty at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Shull has served in a series of leadership positions at the medical school and its cancer center. He has a distinguished record of accomplishment as a scientist, teacher, mentor and administrator.

"We are thrilled to welcome Jim back to UW-Madison and McArdle," said UW School of Medicine and Public Health Dean Dr. Robert Golden. "The Department of Oncology has a remarkably rich tradition of academic excellence, and is a lustrous jewel in the crown of our school and university. Jim is extremely well-suited to lead it forward into the future."

Shull succeeds Dr. Norman Drinkwater, who served as oncology chair for more than 16 years, beginning in the early 1990s. Shull's research focuses on the basic mechanisms of breast cancer. He will assume his position on Sept. 1.

The McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research was established in 1940 as one of the nation's first basic-science research laboratories focused on cancer. It is renowned for its groundbreaking and innovative research, including the Nobel Prize-winning work of the late Howard Temin.

Date Published: 05/21/2009

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