Tannishtha Reya, Ph.D.
Director, Division of Cancer Biology; Professor, Departments of Pharmacology and MedicineUniversity of California, San Diego
Tannishtha Reya received her B.A. in Biology from Williams College and her Ph.D. in Immunology from the University of Pennsylvania. She subsequently completed her postdoctoral training at the University of California at San Francisco and Stanford University. Dr. Reya joined the Duke University faculty in 2001 and served as the Co-Director of the Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine Program at the Duke University Comprehensive Cancer Center. She was recruited to the University of California San Diego in 2010 where she is a Professor in the Departments of Pharmacology and Medicine, Director of the Division of Cancer Biology in the Department of Pharmacology, and Co-Director of the Cancer Biology Research Area in the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program. Dr. Reya has made key contributions to the field of cancer biology by defining the signals that control stem cell growth, and how these signals are subverted to drive cancer progression and therapy resistance. For her work, Dr. Reya has received several awards, including the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Scholar Award, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from the U.S. government, the Pioneer Award from the National Institutes of Health and the Outstanding Investigator Award from the National Cancer Institute.