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2016 Cancer Center Annual Scientific Meeting

Saturday, November 19, 2016, Hilton Long Beach


Dr. Mitchell Gross

"Cancer Research at the Intersection of Biology and Physics"

Mitchell Gross, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
Keck School of Medicine of USC
Research Director
Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine of USC
USC Westside Cancer Center
USC Center for Applied Molecular Medicine


The Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine of USC combines interdisciplinary research with the prevention and treatment of cancer. Drawing on the expertise of collaborators across multiple disciplines including physics, math and engineering as well as oncology and cancer biology, investigators at the newly formed Institute seek to develop new approaches to improve the care of cancer patients. Examples of ongoing work in the Institute will be presented including acoustics, dynamic microscopy, and patient-centric models.

Brief Biography

Dr. Gross is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Urology at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California and serves as the Research Director of the USC Westside Cancer Center and the Center for Applied Molecular Medicine, both part of the newly established Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine at USC. The goal for the Institute will be to create a new paradigm in cancer research based on bringing together expertise from a diversity of fields including physical sciences, engineering, and mathematics to study and improve outcomes for cancer patients. As a physician-scientist, his research and clinical activities are focused on understanding the molecular and cellular biology of prostate and other forms of cancer with an interest in developing and applying new, minimally-invasive and molecularly targeted therapies for cancer patients.

Dr. Gross has earned degrees from the University of California, San Diego (B.A.), Baylor College of Medicine in Houston (M.D.), and the University of California, Los Angeles (Ph.D. Molecular Biology). He completed a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in hematology and medical oncology at the UCLA Center for the Health Sciences. Among the many academic honors awarded to Dr. Gross, he is particularly distinguished with membership in the Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha honor societies. His research has been published in major biomedical research journals including Proceedings of the National Academies of Science, Oncogene, Clinical Cancer Research, Public Library of Science among others.