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Bradley R. Cairns ‘87

February 01, 2002

Bradley R. Cairns’ career is impressive, particularly for someone who earned his bachelor’s degree less than 15 years ago. While at Lewis & Clark College, Brad majored in chemistry and graduated with honors. He then enrolled in Stanford University, where he earned a PhD in cell biology. In 1999 he completed a postdoctoral degree in genetics at Harvard Medical School.

Brad is currently assistant professor in the Department of Oncological Sciences at the University of Utah. In May 2000, he was one of 48 assistant professors nationwide to be named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, a prestigious and important honor. The investigator appointment allows Brad to continue his leading research into therapies for curing childhood cancer.

During the past two years, Brad has been a lecturer at some of the world’s leading universities and research organizations, including Oxford University, Institute Pasteur, Marie Curie Institute, Imperial Cancer Research Foundation, and Ludwig Institute. He is also a contributing editor for the journal Trends in Biochemical Sciences and a referee for nine others.