Dr. Matthew Ellis, an international leader in breast cancer genomics, has been named the newest McNair Scholar at Baylor College of Medicine.
The McNair Scholar program at Baylor identifies influential researchers in breast and pancreatic cancer, juvenile diabetes and neuroscience. It is supported by the Robert and Janice McNair Foundation and managed by the McNair Medical Institute.
Ellis was recruited to Baylor in September 2014 to serve as director of the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center at Baylor. He is a world renowned clinician and researcher of the molecular profiling of breast cancer.
His research has unveiled groundbreaking new information about mutations in breast cancer and their clinical relevance. He has been instrumental in developing a Genome Atlas and Therapeutic Road Map for estrogen receptor positive breast cancer. Most recently, he has found that metastatic breast tumors initially positive for the estrogen receptor frequently harbor mutations and translocations in the receptor that render the tumor resistant to endocrine therapies used to block estrogen.
Several laboratories are now trying to develop new drugs that will block these mutant receptors.
Ellis is a funded scholar of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas and the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure. He also serves as a professor of medicine and member of the NCI-designated Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center at Baylor.
Prior to coming to Baylor, Ellis was at Washington University School of Medicine, where he served as professor of medicine, head of breast oncology and head of medical oncology. Prior to Washington University, Ellis served on the faculty at Duke University and Georgetown University.
Ellis is a native of the United Kingdom. He completed his medical degree from Queens’ College & School of Clinical Medicine at the University of Cambridge in England, postgraduate clinical training at the Royal College of Physicians in London and Ph.D. training at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School at the University of London.
There are a total of 12 McNair Scholars at Baylor. To see a full list, visit the BCM McNair Scholars web page.