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John Kyung Lee, M.D.
Research performed at: UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
Specialty/Research Area: Prostate Cancer
Award Year: 2017
Career Summary: Dr. John Lee is a Health Sciences Clinical Instructor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA in the Division of hematology-Oncology, Department of Medicine. Dr. Lee was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and obtained his medical degree from the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. He received his internal medicine training at Boston University and came to UCLA for his fellowship training. As a Subspecialty Training and Advanced Research Fellow in hematology-Oncology at UCLA, he obtained a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology in the laboratory of Dr. Owen Witte. Dr. Lee joined the faculty at UCLA in 2015 and has continued his basic/translational research in the area of prostate cancer. He has been recognized for his work with multiple scientific grants and career development awards including the Prostate Cancer Foundation Young Investigator Award and a UCLA SPORE in Prostate Cancer Career Enhancement Program Award. 

Year STOP CANCER Award received: 2017 STOP CANCER Member Seed Grant (Prostate and Testicular)

Description of research performed: Dr. Lee’s research focus is on understanding how lethal prostate cancers evolve in order to develop new therapies to combat prostate cancer death in men. He is actively involved in studies to define how a class of cancer proteins called Myc drive progression to late-stage prostate cancer. In addition, his recent work has led to the identification of specific tumor markers in aggressive subsets of prostate cancer against which he is engineering immune therapies.

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