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Summer 2003
Chairs of Distinction
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Heather Maynard with John McTauge

Her revolutionary research examines the use of polymers as cancer-inhibiting drugs. In addition to developing strategies to create polymeric drugs that inhibit cancer, “we are also using a technique called molecular imprinting to prepare materials that detect tumor markers,” says Maynard, who came to UCLA in August 2002 as an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and as a member of the multidisciplinary California NanoSystems Institute. Detecting these markers has important diagnostic and prognostic value in fighting cancer, she explains.

With B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Caltech respectively, and an M.S. in materials science from UC Santa Barbara, Maynard’s skills and research are truly interdisciplinary. Before joining the UCLA faculty, she was an American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellow at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and University of Zurich in Switzerland.

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