Physician scientist Hao G. Nguyen, MD, PhD, has been appointed to the newly established Goldberg-Benioff Endowed Professorship in Cancer Biology. This professorship will help support Nguyen’s basic science research program, which includes investigations into how malignant prostate cancer cells are able to survive cancer treatments through a mechanism known as the stress response. The professorship is supported by funds gifted by Lynne and Marc Benioff and by Evan and Cindy Goldberg.
Nguyen is an assistant professor in residence in Urologic Oncology and a urologic oncologist at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. He specializes in the early detection, diagnosis and treatment of genitourinary cancers, particularly those affecting the prostate, kidney, and bladder.
Nguyen earned a bachelor's degree in molecular cell biology from the University of California, Berkeley and then completed a dual medical and doctoral degree program at the Boston University School of Medicine in its biochemistry and molecular medicine department. He trained in general and urologic surgery at the University of California, Davis, and then completed a fellowship in urologic oncology at UCSF.
“Exploring stress response at a cellular level will lead to important new discoveries,” said UCSF Urology Chair Peter R. Carroll, MD, MPH. “We are grateful for the generosity of donors that allow us to invest in talented physician scientists like Dr. Nguyen.”