Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is a campus of immigrants.
Like other major medical research centers in the United States, Fred Hutch attracts talented scientists from around the world. It always has.
Dr. Rainer Storb, who worked side by side with pioneering bone marrow transplant researcher Dr. E. Donnall Thomas and has led Fred Hutch’s Transplantation Biology Program since 1980, emigrated from Germany in 1965.
Immunotherapy research, which is revolutionizing the way cancer is treated and cured by harnessing a patient’s own immune system to fight the disease, is being conducted by a virtual United Nations of scientists. Among them are Dr. Stanley Riddell (Canada); Dr. Aude Chapuis (Switzerland); and Drs. Marie Bleakley and Cameron Turtle (Australia).
Elsewhere on campus, epidemiologist Dr. Chu Chen (Taiwan) unravels the secrets of tobacco- and hormone-related head and neck cancers. Infectious disease specialist Dr. Michael Boeckh (Germany) fights back infections in bone marrow transplant patients and others with weakened immune systems. Evolutionary geneticist Dr. Harmit Malik (India) gleans lessons from the evolutionary arms race between humans and viruses and is one of several Hutch scientists named a prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator.