Yves A. DeClerck is the Associate Director for Cancer Research Training and Education Coordination (CRTEC) at USC Norris. In this position Dr. DeClerck oversees and enhances all education and training activities at the Cancer Center. DeClerck works with three assistant directors who form the CRTEC Leadership Team. 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. Dr. DeClerk leads this program to achieve our mission: “To prepare the next generation of basic, translational, clinical, and population scientists, with a focus on convergent science, inclusion, and diversity”.
A renowned basic scientist, Yves DeClerck MD is Principal Investigator (PI) for a long-standing NCI-funded T32 post-doctoral Program and program director of a K12 Pediatric Scientist Program. 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. 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.