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Townsend, You Recruited to Lead New Siteman Cancer Center Programs

Darrell E. Ward
Jan. 17, 2003 – R. Reid Townsend, PhD, and Ming You, MD, PhD, have joined the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

Townsend is the director of the Washington University Proteomics Center. Proteomics is the study of the range of proteins and protein interactions in healthy and diseased cells. The Proteomics Center will use state-of-the-art technology to identify protein patterns that indicate disease. These specific protein signatures in cells will be used for early detection of cancer and other illnesses.

The Center also will evaluate new techologies and help develop software that integrates genomic and proteomics data and that uses proteomic information to identify genes that encode specific proteins.

Townsend came to Washington University from Oxford GlycoSciences in Oxford, England. In addition to directing the Proteomic's Center, he is an associate professor medicine. You has been hired to lead the Chemoprevention Program at the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center.

Chemoprevention is the use of drugs and natural products to prevent cancer or its recurrence. The Siteman Cancer Center's Chemoprevention Program will identify and test potential new chemoprevention agents for lung cancer and other malignancies.

You's research interests include lung cancer prevention and carcinogenesis and identification of lung cancer susceptibility genes. He came to Washington University from Ohio State University and is a professor of surgery.


The full-time and volunteer faculty of Washington University School of Medicine are the physicians and surgeons of Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children's hospitals. The School of Medicine is one of the leading medical research, teaching and patient-care institutions in the nation. Through its affiliations with Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children's hospitals, the School of Medicine is linked to BJC HealthCare.
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