Dr. Hughes is a physician-scientist with more than 20 years of experience in laboratory-based investigation, including 11 years leading a translational research laboratory studying cancer biology, cell signaling, metastasis and immunotherapy. He also has published on clinical pediatrics subjects, including sarcoma therapy and pediatric melanoma and has headed clinical trials. He received his Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Notre Dame and his PhD and MD degrees from Yale University. His graduate work was focused on basic immunobiology and his first postdoctoral fellowship, at the University of Michigan, was focused on immunotherapy. His second postdoctoral fellowship, studying sarcoma biology at the University of Michigan under the world-famous sarcoma expert Dr. Larry Baker, led to a faculty position at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, where he eventually was a tenured Associate Professor of Pediatrics Research before leaving academia to begin a career as a scientific writer and editor. Dr. Hughes has extensive publication experience, with more than 40 peer-reviewed publications, including 9 first author and 10 senior author manuscripts, and 5 textbook chapters, in addition to multiple reviews and invited articles. He has been a reviewer for 17 scientific journals, and has served on 4 NIH study sections and 3 international study sections as a grant reviewer. He also has outstanding grant writing experience, having received a K08 career development award and two R01 grant awards from the National Cancer Institute, in addition to many foundation awards. Given this extensive experience, Dr. Hughes is interested not only in editing full-length manuscripts, but also in helping scientists with writing projects at earlier phases in their development, which may help avoid the later need for extensive revisions. While his most extensive experience is in the fields of cancer biology and clinical pediatric oncology, he welcomes the opportunity to write or revise manuscripts or grants in any area of cellular or molecular biology or oncology.
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