Last Updated on November 16, 2023, 7:58 am
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center lost its Associate Professor, Dr. Cullen Taniguchi.
Dr. Cullen M. Taniguchi, a renowned Radiation Oncologist in Houston, Texas, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, November 15, 2023. He was an associate professor at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and has practiced for over two decades.
Who was Dr. Cullen Taniguchi?
Dr. Cullen M. Taniguchi was an associate professor at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center specializing in Gastrointestinal Radiation Oncologist and Experimental Radiation Oncology. He was a physician-scientist with expertise in gastrointestinal malignancies and clinical research focused on pancreatic cancer.
He ran the Taniguchi Lab, which is funded by NIH and CPRIT, and studies the biology of hypoxia (low oxygen) and how it can be used to improve cancer responses by both reducing normal tissue toxicity and enhancing the killing of cancer cells achieved through a molecule called hypoxia-inducible factor-2 (HIF2).
Dr. Cullen Taniguchi was a proud alumnus of the University of Oxford. He earned his Ph.D. in Cell and Development Biology and MD in Medicine from Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, in 2005 and 2008, respectively. He completed his Clinical Residency and Research Fellowship in Radiation Oncology from Stanford University, CA, in 2013 and 2014, respectively. He has garnered many accolades and awards for his dedication and research for the betterment of humanity. He was awarded the J.W Osborne Award by the Radiation Research Society in 2020, a Faculty Scholar Award, a Cancer Research Early Career Investigator Award by AACR in 2020, and many more.
What happened to Dr. Cullen Taniguchi?
Dr. Cullen Taniguchi passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, November 15, 2023. The details of his untimely death have not been made public. The exact cause of his tragic demise is unknown. His sudden, unexpected death has left family and friends grieving and the community grappling with shock and sadness. His untimely death has deprived the world of an exceptional human being who was devoted to the betterment of humanity with his research that was designed to find a cure for a deadly disease.
His legacy will live on in the groundbreaking work he has done in research related to cancer. His name will forever be etched in the memories of those who had the privilege of knowing him. He impacted many lives with the help of his research. His name will be held in the highest regard in the scientific research world.
We express our heartiest condolences and prayers to the family and friends. May he rest in eternal peace.
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