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Faces of Cedars-Sinai: Simon Gayther, PhD

Simon Gayther, PhD, is using the power of prediction and prevention to combat ovarian and breast cancers. His research works to identify the genetic variations that make an individual more or less susceptible to a disease.

“When I was working on my PhD, I fell in love with the idea that geneticists could contribute to saving lives by preventing disease,” says Gayther. “The hot topic at the time was the race to find the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes—it was, in terms of heritable genetics, probably the most exciting story in research. Seeing how discoveries like those could translate into real impact in patients’ lives has pushed me forward and continues to do so today.”

Gayther is part of the team at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute that is dedicated to better understanding ovarian cancer and finding new pathways to treat the disease. In a recent interview with Discoveries magazine, he discussed how genetic research is helping predict and prevent hormonal cancers. Read the full story: The Power of Prediction: Simon Gayther, PhD.