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USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center


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Yves A. DeClerck, MD
Associate Director for Training and Education

Photograph of Yves A. DeClerck, MD Yves A. DeClerck is the Associate Director for Training and Education at the USC-Norris. In this position Dr. DeClerck oversees and enhances all education and training activities at the Cancer Center. He collaborates with other Senior Leaders, Program Leaders and members to fully outline and address the unmet needs and opportunities for training and education at USC-Norris and to identify and leverage existing training and educational activities and resources available at the Keck School of Medicine, CHLA and USC undergraduate campuses. "My goal is to make sure that USC-Norris is well equipped to stimulate interest in cancer among young individuals from elementary school to the postgraduate level, and that trainees are well prepared to work in a transdisciplinary and convergent research environment that will be necessary to address the complex question of how to eradicate cancer".

Dr. DeClerck is a Professor of Pediatrics and Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine at CHLA and USC, and holds the Richard Call Family Endowed Chair in Pediatric Research Innovation. Since joining USC in 1980, he has led an NIH funded research program that focuses on the Tumor Microenvironment and in particular on the investigation of mechanisms of interaction between tumor cells and the extracellular matrix and stromal cells. In addition to his research program, Dr. DeClerck is also the PI of a long-standing NIH T32 postdoctoral training grant and has co-led the USC-Norris TME Program for 25 years.

Dr. DeClerck has been the recipient of an American Cancer Society junior faculty award, the 1991 H. Russell Smith Award for Innovation in Pediatric Cancer Research, the CHLA Associate and Affiliates Chair in Tumor Biology, and the 2013 USC Associates Award for Creativity in Research.