Dr. Keith Syson Chan received his PhD from the University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center in 2004. He was trained under the classical concept that epithelial cancers develop via a multi-step process. Through pathologic evaluation of tumor tissues, he developed the appreciation that cancer is a disease of aberrant cellular differentiation. He then joined Prof. Irving Weissman’s laboratory at Stanford University to continue his postdoctoral studies (2004-09). He was amongst the first to isolate cancer stem cells (CSCs) from human bladder urothelial carcinomas, and investigated CD47 as a mechanism for immune evasion. Dr. Chan is currently an associate professor at Baylor College of Medicine, emphasizing on translating CSC-targeted therapeutics into human clinical trials.