Fatih M. Uckun, M.D., Ph.D., is an Active Member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI), an honor society for physician-scientists, and an active member of several professional organizations, including ASCO and AACR. He earned his doctoral degrees at the University of Heidelberg in Germany and completed his residency training in Pediatrics, fellowship training in Hematology/Oncology/Blood and Bone Marrow Stem Cell Transplantation, as well as postdoctoral research training in immunology at the University of Minnesota in the US. Dr. Uckun has more than 30 years of professional experience in developmental therapeutics and biopharmaceuticals in oncology/immuno-oncology as well as infectious diseases and immunology.
Dr. Uckun worked 11 years as a Professor of Bone Marrow Transplantation, Therapeutic Radiology-Radiation Oncology, Pharmacology, and Pediatrics as well as Director of the Biotherapy Institute at the University of Minnesota, where he became the first recipient of the Endowed Hughes Chair in Biotherapy. He worked for 6 years as a Professor and Head of Translational Research in Leukemia and Lymphoma of the CCBD and a Principal Investigator of the Stem Cell-Regenerative Medicine Initiative at the University of Southern California. He has held executive positions in multiple biotechnology companies and has extensive regulatory experience. He has published more than 500 peer-reviewed papers and he has authored numerous review articles and book chapters. He received numerous awards including the Stohlman Memorial Award of the Leukemia Society of America (now known as the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society/LLS), the highest honor given to a Leukemia Society Scholar. He has served as a member of several editorial boards and NIH grant review/special emphasis panels.
In addition, Dr. Uckun has deep knowledge and 20+ years of experience in the treatment of infectious diseases and their complications. In particular, he has extensive experience in viral, fungal, and bacterial infections of immunocompromised hosts, septic shock, ARDS as well as systemic capillary leak syndrome and cytokine release syndrome (CRS). He served as a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) PI and directed a universal virus neutralizer program project as part of a countermeasures initiative against viruses that can be used as bioweapons. Dr. Uckun directed >20 federally funded virology/innate immunity projects and published >100 peer-reviewed papers on RNA viruses and anti-viral agents.