Jim Roberts named director of Fred Hutchinson Basic Sciences Division
Jim Roberts, affiliate professor of biochemistry at the UW, has been named director of the Basic Sciences Division of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC). He succeeds Mark Groudine, professor of radiation oncology at the UW, who will be spending more time in his position as deputy director of the FHCRC.
Roberts has been a member of the Center since 1988, and joined the UW faculty in 1989. He is also a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator.
Roberts studies the mechanisms of cell division and their role in cancer development. He and his colleagues were among the first to identify the role of the proteins Cyclin E and p27 in starting and stopping cell division. Roberts was also part of the team that found these proteins could be a biomarker for determining the survival of women with breast cancer.
Roberts will be assisted by Jonathan Cooper, affiliate professor of biochemistry, and 2004 Nobel Laureate Linda Buck, affiliate professor of physiology and biophysics, who will be associate directors of the Basic Sciences Division.