Michael Kastan, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Michael Kastan earned his degrees from the Washington University School of Medicine and did his clinical training in Pediatrics and Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at Johns Hopkins. He was a Professor of Oncology, Pediatrics and Molecular Biology at Johns Hopkins prior to becoming Chair of the Hematology-Oncology Department, and later Cancer Center Director at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, before moving to Duke in 2011. Dr. Kastan is a Pediatric Oncologist and a cancer biologist; his laboratory research concentrates on DNA damage and repair, tumor suppressor genes and causes of cancer related to genetic predisposition and environmental exposures. His discoveries have made a major impact on our understanding of how cancers develop and how they respond to chemotherapy and radiation therapy; and his publications reporting the roles of p53 and ATM in DNA damage signaling are among the most highly cited publications in the biomedical literature of the past 25 years.
Dr. Kastan has received numerous honors for his highly cited work, including election to the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. He has also received the AACR G.H.A. Clowes Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to basic cancer research. He has served as Chairman of the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Cancer Institute, on the Boards of Directors of the American Association for Cancer Research and the American Association of Cancer Institutes, as Editor-in-Chief of the journal Molecular Cancer Research and as Editor of the textbook Clinical Oncology.