ASHOK VENKITARAMAN, MD, PHD— MRC CANCER INSTITUTE, CAMBRIDGE
Ashok Venkitaraman is the Ursula Zoellner Professor of Cancer Research at the University of Cambridge, and Director of the Medical Research Council (MRC) Cancer Unit there. He is a physician-scientist recognized for his work on inherited cancer susceptibility, and in particular, the discovery of the functions of the human breast cancer predisposition gene, BRCA2. Ashok has shaped the MRC Cancer Unit into the largest institute in Cambridge focused on cancer early intervention, which aims to advance our understanding of early steps in carcinogenesis and translate this knowledge to improve early detection, risk stratification, and prevention. Ashok was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, London, in 2001, and as a member of the EMBO European academy, Heidelberg, in 2004.