Jonathan S. Wiest, Ph.D.

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Dr. Jonathan S. Wiest obtained a bachelor’s degree in analytical chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1980. He worked as a production chemist synthesizing oligonucleotides for P-L Biochemicals until he began graduate school in 1982 at the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo. Dr. Wiest received a Ph.D. in Biochemistry in 1988 and then did a Postdoc at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. He rose to the rank of Senior Staff Fellow and then assisted in establishing a Cancer Research Institute in western Colorado. In 1996, he became an assistant professor at the University of Cincinnati, Department of Environmental Health, School of Medicine.

Dr. Wiest joined the Center for Cancer Research at the National Cancer Institute as the Associate Director for Training and Education in 2001. In 2008, the NCI Director appointed Dr. Wiest to lead the formation of the Center for Cancer Training (CCT) as the Director. The CCT coordinates the major training activities at NCI in both the intramural and extramural communities. In 2003, Dr. Wiest received the NIH Director’s award for Mentoring as well as the NCI Outstanding Mentor award. In 2007 he received an NIH Award of Merit for mentoring. In 2015, the Center for Cancer Training received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Postdoctoral Association at the annual meeting. The major focus of his research involves genetic alterations in lung tumorigenesis. He is involved in studies to identify tumor suppressor genes and altered signaling pathways in lung cancer.