Career Summary: Dr. Gomperts is an Associate Professor in Pediatric hematology-Oncology at the David Geffen UCLA School of Medicine. She is also co-Director of the JCCC Cancer stem cell and Biology program. She received her M.D. degree in 1993 from the University of the Witwatersrand. She did her internship, residency and chief residency in Pediatrics, and her fellowship in Pediatric hematology-Oncology at St. Louis Children’s Hospital from 1996-1999 and 1999–2002.
Year STOP CANCER Award was received: 2017 Seed Grant (Lung)
Description of research performed: Dr. Gomperts’ research focuses on understanding the early, pre-cancerous changes that happen in the lung during the development of Lung Cancer. Understanding the stepwise progression of the formation of Lung Cancer provides the opportunity to intervene to promote healthy lung tissue. Thus, the goal of her laboratory is to cure lung cancer by preventing it from occurring in the first place
Results of research: Dr. Gomperts’ lab has identified mechanisms involved in the development and progression of pre-cancerous lesions to Lung Cancer and is working to develop targeted strategies to promote the normal airway epithelium and prevent precancerous lesions and therefore lung cancer.