Pan-Chyr Yang, MD, PhD
Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine, National Taiwan University (NTU), Taipei
Dr. Pan-Chyr Yang is the President of National Taiwan University (NTU) and a Professor of Internal Medicine at NTU. Prior to his appointment as the President of NTU in 2013, Dr. Yang served as the Superintendent of the Cancer Research Center of National Taiwan University Hospital (2011-2013), Dean of the College of Medicine (2007-2013), and the Vice Superintendent of National Taiwan University Hospital (2004-2007).Dr. Yang’s major research interests include pulmonary and critical care medicine, molecular and cellular biology, lung cancer genomics, and personalized cancer therapy. He was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (2015), an Academician of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (2008) and an Academician of the Academia Sinica (2006) and for his international leadership in lung cancer research. Dr. Yang has made revolutionary contributions to this field by developing groundbreaking approaches to the treatment of lung cancer, and these new researches have significantly improved the survival rates of lung cancer patients. His research team, having identified novel genes and pathways associated with lung cancer progression, has established new platforms for the development of lung cancer stem cell directed therapy and has discovered autocrine-paracrine interaction between lung cancer stem cells with cancer microenvironment. The team has also identified specific gene expressions and microRNA biomarkers beneficial for precision therapy of lung cancer patients, and all these trailblazing results have created a new generation of cancer treatment strategies based on his innovations.