Dr. Nathan Lack - Return of the Rising Star 2011

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Dr. Nathan Lack, one of the VPC’s former post-doctoral fellows, has returned to his geographic and academic roots. A Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI)’s Rising Star in 2011 and a Michael Smith post-doctoral fellow, he has continued to shine across the Atlantic at the exceptionally competitive and highly regarded Koç University School of Medicine in Istanbul, Turkey as an Associate Professor.

Dr. Lack is particularly interested in better understanding the role of the Androgen Receptor (AR) in patients with aggressive or late-stage disease. Despite extensive research at the VPC and elsewhere, many questions still remain about how this important transcription factor works. Dr. Lack is determined to solve this mystery and better understand the function of the AR in order to develop more effective therapeutics to treat prostate cancer. At the VPC his knowledge and expertise in drug development is the perfect link between the computational modeling done by Dr. Artem Cherkasov and the in vivo pharmacology undertaken by Dr. Emma Guns.

BC-born and raised, and with an undergraduate degree from UBC in 2004, Dr. Lack spread his wings internationally with a PhD in Pharmacology from Oxford University in 2009. He returned to Vancouver and worked with the team as a post-doctoral fellow, and then spent the last five years in Turkey. During his time away he was busy- extensively publishing in such journals as Nature Immunology and PNAS, and building up a large research team. To support this work, his group has received several million dollars in funding from both national and international sources. Dr. Lack was also recently awarded the prestigious TÜBA-GEBIP award from the Turkish Academy of Sciences. This prize goes to the top young scientists in the country. The VPC team is thrilled to have Dr. Lack join our team.

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