Jiaoti Huang, MD, PhD, has been named the new chair of the Department of Pathology, effective January 1, 2016. Dr. Huang is currently professor of Pathology and Urology, the Frances and Albert Piansky Endowed Chair, chief of Surgical Pathology and director of Urologic Pathology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He is also a member of UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Biology.
Dr. Huang is a nationally and internationally renowned surgical pathologist and prostate cancer researcher. His clinical expertise is in the pathologic diagnosis of genitourinary tumors. His research laboratory investigates the molecular mechanisms, biomarkers and novel therapies for advanced prostate cancer. His research laboratory is a leader in studying neuroendocrine differentiation of prostate cancer and molecular pathogenesis of prostatic small cell neuroendocrine carcinoma. Dr. Huang has published 170 research papers, review articles and book chapters. Among his many scientific contributions, he recently discovered a signaling pathway that keeps neuroendocrine cells of prostate adenocarcinoma in a quiescent state, and a molecular mechanism for disease progression to small cell neuroendocrine carcinoma. His research is supported by the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense Prostate Cancer Research Program, Prostate Cancer Foundation, and a Stand Up to Cancer Dream Team award.
Dr. Huang earned his medical degree from Anhui Medical University and a Master’s degree in Pharmacology from the Institute of Radiation Medicine in Beijing. He earned his PhD from New York University School of Medicine. He was a Leukemia Society of America Postdoctoral Fellow at NYU and Yale University. He did residency training in pathology at NYU School of Medicine and a fellowship in Oncologic Surgical Pathology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He became an assistant professor at the University of Rochester in July 2000 and rose to the rank of full professor in 2007. Dr. Huang moved to UCLA in 2008.