Following an extensive national search, Judith C. Gasson, PhD was appointed as the Director of UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center on September 15, 1995. She is a full professor in the Departments of Medicine (Division of Hematology-Oncology) and Biological Chemistry. She has also been a member of the JCCC since 1986, and the Molecular Biology Institute since 1992.
Dr. Gasson earned her doctorate degree in physiology at the University of Colorado in 1979, and completed her postdoctoral work at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, CA. She joined the UCLA faculty as an assistant professor in 1984, and rose to the rank of full professor in nine years. Over the next 15 years, she would serve on the Hematopoietic Growth Factor Subcommittee of the American Society of Hematology (1995–1999; Chair, 1996), the AACI Board of Directors (1996–1999; 2004–2007) and in 1996 was appointed to the NCI Cancer Centers Working Group, serving on NCI Subcommittee A (2000–2002) and the NIH Loan Repayment Program Special Emphasis Panel (2003–Present). She is a current member of the AACR Science Policy and Legislative Affairs Committee.
Previous administrative experience includes appointments as Associate Chief of the Division of Hematology-Oncology for over five years, and Chair of the Institutional Biosafety Committee for two years. Dr. Gasson has organized national meetings, including the 17th annual Bristol-Myers Squibb Cancer Research Symposium in 1993, and was a Co-Organizer of the 1997 Keystone Symposium on “Hematopoiesis.” She has been a member of the UCLA Department of Medicine Committee on Appointments and Promotions, and the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine Gender Equity Committee. Gasson also served as a Trustee of Harvey Mudd College (1999–2004) and was a Trustee at Marymount High School for Girls in Bel Air, California (2005–2010).
Dr. Gasson’s research on hematopoiesis and leukemia has attained international recognition, leading to nearly 100 published papers. She is the recipient of the Stohlman Memorial Scholar Award from the Leukemia Society of America, and was chosen the “Woman of Science” by UCLA in 1991. Dr. Gasson is also President of the Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation, and over the past five years, the Foundation has raised over $60 million.
In September 2012, Dr. Gasson was appointed as the Senior Associate Dean for Research for the David Geffen School of Medicine. Her role will be to work with the other senior leaders to develop schoolwide transdisciplinary teams addressing major topics in health and disease.