Dr. William Beck has over 30 years in academic biomedical research and administration, much experience on federal advisory boards, and has held leadership positions in national organizations. He received his Ph.D. in Pharmacology from The George Washington University in 1971. He joined the faculty of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN after two years at the University of Southern California and a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Yale Medical School. In 1996 he moved to the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) as Professor and Director of the Cancer Center. In 1999, Dr. Beck became Head of the Department of Biopharmaceutical Sciences at UIC and Leader of the UIC Cancer Center’s Program in Cancer Targets, Therapeutics and Imaging.