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Internationally Recognized Scientist Edward Seto to serve as Associate Director for Basic Sciences at the GW Cancer Center

Edward Seto, Ph.D.WASHINGTON (Sept. 1, 2015) — The George Washington University (GW) is pleased to welcome Edward Seto, Ph.D., an internationally recognized scientist and leader in the field of cancer epigenetics. He will serve as the associate director for basic sciences in the newly established GW Cancer Center. The GW Cancer Center incorporates all cancer related activities taking place at GW, the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences, GW Hospital, and the GW Medical Faculty Associates, and will serve as a platform for future development of cancer initiatives. Seto will also serve as professor of biochemistry and molecular medicine at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Seto joins GW from the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, where he was a senior member in the Department of Molecular Oncology. During his time at Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, he also served as chairman of the Department of Molecular Oncology from 2008 to 2014; program leader of molecular oncology from 2005 to 2014; and scientific co-leader of the Moffitt-Forma Therapeutics Partnership since 2014. In addition, Seto was a professor in the Department of Cell Biology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology at the University of South Florida.

“I am thrilled that a basic scientist and a leader of the stature of Ed Seto has joined the GW Cancer Center team. He is the kind of scientist that every major cancer center would love to have. We are very pleased that among all the cancer centers that he was enticed to join, Ed has chosen the GW Cancer Center to continue with his extremely productive scientific career,” said Eduardo M. Sotomayor, M.D., director of the GW Cancer Center and professor of medicine at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences. “Ed and I, along with the senior leaders of GW, the GW Medical Faculty Associates, and  GW Hospital shared the same vision that strength in basic science is fundamental for the building of an innovative cancer research enterprise.”

As the associate director for basic sciences, Seto will provide leadership for the ongoing development, implementation, and evaluation of the basic science related programs and initiatives within the GW Cancer Center. In collaboration with the leadership team, he will identify potential scientific areas that would become scientific programs and part of a grant application for National Cancer Institute designation. Seto will collaborate with the other associate cancer center directors — including clinical investigations, population science, administration, and education — for integration of programs across all areas.

“I am very pleased to be joining GW, an institution with a rich history of supporting and promoting research, teaching, and science,” said Seto. “I know that under the leadership of Dr. Sotomayor, we will make an impact in cancer research and education.”

Seto is a widely published author, and has published over 120 peer reviewed articles, with several in top tier journals such as Nature, Nature Genetics, Molecular Cell, Genes & Development, several book chapters, reviews, and editorials. He serves as an associate editor or an editorial board member of multiple journals, including: Molecular and Cellular Biology, Clinical Epigenetics, Genes & Cancer, and GENE. He is an ad hoc reviewer of many other scholarly journals and regularly serves on grant review panels for prestigious scientific institutions, including the National Institutes of Health. He is also the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including the University of South Florida Outstanding Faculty Research Achievement Award, the 2003 Moffitt Cancer Center Scientist of the Year Award, and the Ralph R. Kaul Endowed Chair for Molecular Oncology Research.

Seto holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Irvine and a doctorate degree from the University of California at San Francisco. He will assume his role as associate director for basic sciences at the GW Cancer Center on Sept. 1, 2015.


About the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences:
Founded in 1824, the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) was the first medical school in the nation’s capital and is the 11th oldest in the country. Working together in our nation’s capital, with integrity and resolve, the GW SMHS is committed to improving the health and well-being of our local, national and global communities.

About GW Hospital:
The George Washington University Hospital is a 385-bed tertiary care, academic medical center located in downtown Washington, DC.  Featuring a Level I Trauma Center and a Level IIII NICU, GW Hospital offers clinical expertise in a variety of areas including cardiac, cancer, neurosciences, women’s health, and advanced surgery including robotic and minimally invasive surgery.  The mission of the George Washington University Hospital is to provide high-quality health care, advanced medical technology and world-class service to its patients in an academic medical center dedicated to education and research. GW Hospital is jointly owned and operated by George Washington University and a subsidiary of Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS).

About The GW Medical Faculty Associates:
The GW Medical Faculty Associates is committed to comprehensive, quality and accessible patient care in the communities we serve. We are the largest, independent physician group in the Metropolitan Washington area offering primary care and 51 specialties with more than 750 providers committed to coordinated, patient-centered care built on a rich history of academic medicine.  Our physician practices are located in Washington, DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia.  Find a provider and location convenient to you by visiting