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Senior Associate Dean of Cancer Research & Director, MCW Cancer Center Milwaukee, WI

The Medical College of Wisconsin has selected Gustavo W. Leone, Ph.D. as the next Director and Senior Associate Dean of Cancer Research, starting in April of 2020.  

Dr. Leone currently serves as director of the Hollings Cancer Center, an NCI-designated cancer center at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), professor in the department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and senior associate dean for oncology in the College of Medicine at MUSC. Dr. Leone also holds the Grace E. DeWolff Endowed Chair in Medical Oncology at MUSC.

In addition, Dr. Leone will serve as the principal investigator for the cancer center support grant and will lead the development of strong interdisciplinary cancer research programs across MCW departments, centers and institutes. Additionally, he will oversee the clinical operations of the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Network.

Throughout his career, Dr. Leone has focused his research on identifying how disruption of critical cell cycle regulatory pathways contributes to uncontrolled cell growth – a hallmark of cancer – as well as cell-to-cell communication. His work has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) since 1999, including almost $3 million in current NIH funding.

Dr. Leone has been a member of and served on the boards of various national and international societies, including the American Association of Cancer Research, scientific advisory board for the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute, and co-chair of the 1st Great Lakes Breast Cancer Symposium and Second Great Lakes Breast Cancer Symposium.

Dr. Leone received his Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry from the University of Calgary (Calgary, Canada) in 1988 and his PhD in virology from the University of Calgary in 1994. During his time as a postdoctoral fellow at the Duke University Medical Center, Dr. Leone received the Robert M. and Barbara R. Bell Basic Science of Cancer award for his outstanding research discoveries.

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