Chi Van Dang, MD, PhD
Year elected: 1993
Current membership category: Senior
Scientific Director
Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research
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United States of America
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Honors and awards

National Academy of Medicine (2006)

Society service

President, 2002–2003

Biographical statement

Dr. Chi Van Dang is scientific director of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research and Professor at The Wistar Institute. His research helped define the complex functions of the MYConcogene, a central switch in human cancer, identifying key domains that mediate its transcription factor activity. The Dang Lab also established the first mechanistic link between MYC and cellular energy metabolism, contributing to the concept that genetic alterations re-program energy utilization and render cancer cells addicted to certain energy sources. His Lab further documented that MYC could disrupt circadian metabolism and is exploiting these concepts for therapeutic targeting of cancer cell metabolism as a new anticancer strategy. He is the editor-in-chief of Cancer Research, a member of the National Academy of Medicine and fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and the American Association for Cancer Research Academy. He received his B.S. in chemistry from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Georgetown University, followed by an M.D. degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology.

Institutional affiliations

The Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research (Primary)


Cell Biology
Gene Transfer/Gene Therapy
Molecular Biology

Positions held

Distinguished Professor
Journal Editor
Vice Dean