March 3, 2014
Dr. Paul Tesar was appointed the Dr. Donald and Ruth Weber Goodman Professorship of Innovative Cancer Therapeutics at a ceremony held on Thursday, February 27, 2014.
Originally from Cleveland, Dr. Tesar is a CWRU alumnus, receiving his undergraduate degree in biology under the mentorship of Dr. Stephen Haynesworth. Dr. Tesar's potential was evident early on, attracting the notice of the National Institutes of Health, which bestowed on him a scholarship to complete his PhD at the University of Oxford.
Building on the work of the 2012 Nobel Prize winners in Medicine who discovered how to turn skin cells into stem cells, Dr. Tesar's lab took this landmark discovery even further and discovered how to transform skin cells directly into brain cells, or specifically, oligodendrocytes.
With Dr. Tesar's focus on the cellular and molecular processes that contribute to normal neural development, he is well positioned to make discoveries that impact an array of patients, from individuals facing brain cancer, to patients with Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, or children with leukodystrophies.
The late Donald Goodman, a CWRU alumnus from the School of Dental Medicine, was inspired to create this professorship in Cancer Research Innovation because of a seemingly miraculous treatment he received that cleared him of an aggressive form of leukemia, just 12 days after his first treatment.