Johnson Cancer Center, University of Leicester, Imperial College London, Hammersmith Hospital | GenomeWeb

UCLA Pockets $1M for Novel Pharmacogenetics Project

UCLA’s Johnson Cancer Center and its School of Public Health last week received a $1 million gift to create an environmental genomics program at the school, the university said last week.

Robert Schiestl, a professor of pathology, environmental health, and radiation oncology at UCLA, will lead the program, which will study SNPs and other genetic factors that predispose people to cancer after exposure to certain environmental toxins.

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