The director of the Texas A&M Health Science Center Institute of Biosciences and Technology (IBT) has been nominated to chair CPRIT’s University Advisory Committee (UAC).
Dr. Cheryl Lyn Walker will now be part of the eight-member committee, which was established as part of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) to advise on higher education in cancer research and give guidance to the agency from the scientific community.
The committee is composed of representatives of all public university systems and private research universities in Texas. Dr. Walker was nominated by the chancellor of the Texas A&M University System in January, given her proven track record in cancer research.
“Through Dr. Walker’s visionary leadership, the Texas A&M IBT is leading the way in translating research advances made across the A&M System into clinical practice,” said Brett P. Giroir, executive vice president and CEO of the Texas A&M Health Science Center. He added that Walker is a “renowned scientist and national leader in environmental health,” and “without a doubt, the perfect candidate to lead a committee focused on merging academia and state initiatives together toward a common goal of eradicating cancer, and thus providing better quality of life for people across the globe.”
Established in 2007 with $3 billion dollars in public state funding, Dr. Walker believes CPRIT can make significant progress in preventing and treating the second leading cause of death in Texas.
“I am eager to join forces with other leading academicians from across Texas to fulfill CPRIT’s mission of finding and funding the best cancer research, learning how to better prevent this deadly disease, and moving research advances into the clinic and community by fostering translation and commercialization of cutting-edge discoveries,” she said.
Dr. Walker’s main investigational focus is in the genetics and epigenetics of cancer, which led her to win a Cozzarelli Prize for Biological Sciences from the Academy of Sciences, in 2010, and the Dallas/Fort Worth Living Legend Achievement Award in Basic Research.
Dr. Walker also holds leadership positions at the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M University and in the Department of Systems Biology at MD Anderson Cancer Center.