Joan Font-Burgada, PhD, Joins Fox Chase Cancer Center as Assistant Professor in the Cancer Biology Program

January 3, 2017

PHILADELPHIA (January 3, 2017) – Joan Font-Burgada, PhD, will join Fox Chase Cancer Center as assistant professor in the cancer biology program. A researcher who works on liver cancer and regenerative medicine, Font-Burgada is a current recipient of the prestigious National Cancer Institute Pathway to Independence Award, a grant that helps highly accomplished postdoctoral researchers complete their training and transition to a faculty position.

“His interests and approach are of particular importance here at Fox Chase, as liver cancer occurs at higher-than-average rates in our region and more effective therapies are greatly needed,” said Jonathan Chernoff, MD, PhD, leader of the cancer biology program. “We are excited for Font-Burgada to join our team.”

Font-Burgada earned his PhD from the University of Barcelona, and completed his postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Diego, working under the tutelage of Michael Karin, a one-time postdoctoral fellow at Fox Chase.

“I feel honored to be joining the faculty at Fox Chase,” said Font-Burgada. “I am excited about the many opportunities for collaboration with my colleagues in the cancer biology program.”

Font-Burgada will be starting at Fox Chase on January 3rd. 


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