Lead Investigator Bio

Vande Woude Laboratory
George Vande Woude, Ph.D.
Distinguished Scientific Fellow and Professor, Program in Molecular Oncology and Pre-Clinical Therapeutics, Center for Cancer and Cell Biology

Areas of expertise: HGF/SF-Met signaling, phenotypic switching, in vivo preclinical research models


Dr. Vande Woude received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Rutgers University. In 1972, he joined the National Cancer Institute as head of the Human Tumor Studies and Virus Tumor Biochemistry sections. In 1983, he became director of the Advanced Bioscience Laboratories–Basic Research Program at the Frederick Cancer Research and Development Center, a position he held until 1998. From 1995, Dr. Vande Woude first served as special advisor to the director, and then as director, of the Division of Basic Sciences at NCI. In 1999, he was recruited as the founding Director of VARI. In 2009, Dr. Vande Woude stepped down as Director while retaining his leadership of the Laboratory of Molecular Oncology as a Distinguished Scientific Fellow and Professor. Dr. Vande Woude is a member of the National Academy of Sciences (1993) and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2013).