Christine Eischen, PhD, Receives Prestigious Professorship in Cancer Research


Headshot of Christine EischenCongratulations to Christine M. Eischen, PhD, who was recently invested as the Herbert A. Rosenthal, MD ’56 Professor in Cancer Research.

Eischen is a professor and Vice Chair in the Department of Cancer Biology at Thomas Jefferson University and co-leader of the Molecular Biology & Genetics Program at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson Health. She also serves as special advisor for basic science to Stephen Klasko, MD, MBA, President & CEO of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health.

Eischen has spent her career studying the molecular mechanisms of tumor initiation, with the goal of identifying vulnerabilities in cancer cells that could lead to new therapeutic targets. She has made seminal discoveries in multiple fields of cancer research.

She is also a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-funded investigator. In 2017, she was awarded an American Association for Cancer Research–Bayer Innovation and Discovery Grant, which supports innovation and translation of ideas from basic research into novel drugs. She will use this grant to research a new targeted compound with the goal of ultimately treating cancers with high unmet medical need.

“Dr. Eischen’s work is vital to understanding cancer at its most fundamental levels in order to work toward treatments and cures,” said Karen Knudsen, PhD, Director of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center and the Hilary Koprowski Professor and Chair of the Department of Cancer Biology. “I eagerly anticipate the discoveries her lab will make with the support of this professorship.”

The newly endowed Rosenthal Professorship was created through the estate of Jefferson alumnus Herbert A. Rosenthal, MD ’56. Rosenthal was a well-loved neighborhood physician who was known to his patients as “Doc.” He practiced internal medicine for more than 50 years in his home office in the East Mount Airy section of Philadelphia, and was revered for his kindness, compassion, and excellence as a diagnostician.

Rosenthal greatly appreciated his Jefferson medical education and felt such a strong connection to the school that he bequeathed it his entire estate. A portion of the bequest is also being used to establish the Herbert A. Rosenthal, MD ’56 Scholarship.