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Timothy Fan

Program Leader, Cancer Discovery Platforms

Professor, Veterinary Clinical Medicine

Areas of Research

Brain Cancer, Veterinary Oncology

Timothy Fan’s, DVM, laboratory works closely with other basic scientists to evaluate novel drugs and drug delivery strategies for the treatment of cancer. He has conducted preclinical murine tumor research for over 15 years and facilitated the development of novel drugs and drug delivery strategies for improving cancer therapy. Fan has worked closely with multiple scientific researchers involved in basic and translational cancer investigations including long-term collaborator Paul Hergenrother over the past 12 years. Fan has been able to leverage companion animals as informative tumor model systems to expedite novel drug development, such as the first procaspase-3 activator, PAC-1, which has now successfully advanced to human clinical trials. Fan’s unique training as a scientist and veterinarian allows him to rapidly investigate and translate novel treatment strategies in dogs with spontaneously arising cancers and conduct meaningful comparative oncology research, which is hoped to eventually aid in treating cancer in both companion animals and human beings. 

Fan is a professor of Veterinary Clinical Medicine and serves as the principal investigator of the Comparative Oncology Research Laboratory. Fan also serves as a core member of the Anticancer Discovery from Pets to People theme in the Carl Woese Institute for Genomic Biology. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree at Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1995. He completed a Small Animal Rotating Internship at the University of Illinois in 1996, a Small Animal Internal Medicine Residency at Cornell University in 1998, and a Medical Oncology Fellowship at the University of Illinois in 2000. Fan completed a Ph.D. in Tumor Immunology in 2007, whereby he investigated the anticancer effects of cytokine manipulation strategies.