Faculty Awards and Honors New Faculty John Cunningham, MBBCh, MSc, Donald N. Pritzker Professor of Pediatrics, has been named the George M. Eisenberg Professor in Pediatrics and the College. Cunningham is an internationally known expert in the treatment and research of childhood cancers and blood diseases. Chih-Yi Liao, MD, assistant professor of medicine, specializes in the treatment of thyroid cancer and gastrointestinal cancers, with a particular emphasis in biliary tract cancers, cholangiocarcino- ma, and neuroendocrine tumors. He is working to develop clinical trials of new treat­ ment strategies for these diseases. Chuan He, PhD, John T. Wilson Distin- guished Service Professor, was awarded the Paul Marks Prize for Cancer Research, which recognizes a new generation of leaders in cancer research who are making significant contributions to the field. James Melotek, MD, assistant professor of radiation oncology, special­ izes in the treatment of head and neck, lung, and gastrointestinal cancers. He is currently the co-primary investigator on multiple clinical trials that combine novel immunotherapy agents with radiation therapy. Anne Sperling, PhD, has been appointed as Associate Vice Chair for Research for the Department of Medicine. She will specifically focus her efforts on the develop- ment and mentoring of senior fellows and junior faculty. Jennifer Tseng, MD, assistant professor of surgery, is a surgical oncol- ogist specializing in breast cancer, melanoma, and sarcoma. She also serves as the associate program director for the Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowship at the University of Chicago. Bana Jabri, MD, PhD, professor of medicine, has been named as a 2017 recipient of UChicago’s Llewellyn John and Harriet Manchester Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, believed to be the nation’s oldest prize for undergrad- uate teaching. Alexander Pearson, MD, PhD, assistant professor of medicine, is interested in mathematical modeling of genomic and laboratory- based preclinical data to develop novel approaches to the treatment of head and neck cancer. 12 PATHWAYS TO DISCOVERY FALL 2017 News