Connie J. Eaves

British Columbia Cancer Agency, Canada

Connie J. Eaves is the Director of Terry Fox Laboratory, British Columbia Cancer Agency, and a Professor at the Department of Medical Genetics, University of British Columbia. She obtained the B.A. degree in biology and chemistry from Queens University in 1964, the M.S. degree in genetics also from Queens University in 1966, and the Ph.D. degree in immunology from the University of Manchester in 1969. She had postdoctoral training in radiobiology at Paterson Laboratories, Christie Hospital and Holt Radium Institute in 1969–1970, and at Ontario Cancer Institute (with Dr. J. E. Till and Dr. E. A. McCulloch) during 1970–1973. Dr. Eaves joined the BC Cancer Agency as a Senior Scientist, and the Department of Medical Genetics of UBC as an Assistant Professor in 1973. She was a cofounder of the Terry Fox Laboratory in 1981, and became its Deputy Director in 1986 and its Director in 2007. She received numerous scholarships and awards, including the election as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1993. She is a receipt of the NCIC Annual Robert L. Noble Prize for Excellence in Cancer Research in 2003. Her Ph.D. studies discovered that 2 cell populations contribute to the generation of antibody responses heralding the subsequent recognition of B and T cells. She has since gained wide recognition as a world authority on blood-forming stem cells and their regulation in both normal and perturbed states, with a particular emphasis on chronic myeloid leukemia. Over the last decade, she has also become an Expert in breast stem cells and human embryonic stem cells. She published more than 380 papers, and trained more than 100 undergraduate and graduate students as well as post M.D. and Ph.D. fellows. She served in many senior leadership positions as the President of the NCIC in 1997–1998, and the President of the International Society for Experimental Hematology. She also continues to review grants for both national and international agencies as well as papers for many leading journals in hematology and stem cell biology.

Biography Updated on 29 June 2008

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