Meet UNMC Distinguished Scientist Wing-Chung (John) Chan, M.D.

UNMC researcher Wing-Chung (John) Chan, M.D., answers questions about his work, life and interests.

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Wing-Chung (John) Chan, M.D.
NOTE: This profile is part of a series highlighting the 24 researchers who will be honored at a May 2 ceremony for UNMC's 2010 Scientist Laureate, Distinguished Scientist and New Investigator award recipients.

  • Name: Wing-Chung (John) Chan, M.D.
  • Title: Amelia and Austin Vickery Professor of Pathology
  • Joined UNMC: January 1991
  • Hometown: Hong Kong

Describe your research in laymen's terms

I study lymphoma to understand what causes the tumor and to find new approaches to treat the tumor more effectively and with less toxicity.

How does your research contribute to science and/or health care?

Our research has contributed significantly in improving the understanding of the pathogenesis of lymphoma as well as its molecular classification. We also have identified some promising targets for therapeutic intervention.

Name someone at UNMC who provides vital contributions to your success and briefly describe how they help you.

Some who have contributed to my success include:

  • Dr. Dennis Weisenburger and Dr. James Armitage, who built up the Lymphoma Study Group (LSG) and the tumor bank with data resources;
  • Dr. Julie Vose, my longtime collaborator; and
  • My laboratory members and colleague Dr. Tim McKeithan as well as my colleagues in hematopathology, genetics and biostatistics.

List three things few people know about you.

  • I like classical music and play a little bit of violin.
  • I like to play tennis.
  • I loved to drive fast when I was young.


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