Global Conference 2013
Vice Chancellor for Research, University of California, Los Angeles
James Economou is vice chancellor for research at the University of California, Los Angeles. A tumor immunologist, Economou has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) since joining the faculty and has chaired two NIH study sections. He undertook the first gene therapy trial on the West Coast, founded and led the UCLA Human Gene Medicine Program until 2008, and served as deputy director of the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center from 2002 to 2010. He received the 2013 Flance-Karl Award from the American Surgical Association. His interests include DNA and dendritic cell-based cancer vaccines, T-cell receptor engineering of lymphocytes and stem cells, and molecular mechanisms of resistance to apoptosis. Economou maintains a clinical practice in surgical oncology and translational cancer gene therapy research. He received all his education from the Johns Hopkins University, completed his general surgical training at the University of California, San Francisco, and joined the UCLA faculty in 1986.