Dario Altieri, M.D.
Executive Vice President
Chief Scientific Officer
Robert and Penny Fox Distinguished Professor
Director, The Wistar Institute Cancer Center
Dr. Altieri joined The Wistar Institute in July 2010 as director of The
Wistar Institute Cancer Center and chief scientific officer. Altieri came to Wistar from the University of Massachusetts Medical School where he served as founding chair of the Department of Cancer Biology. In 2005, he cofounded both the National Cancer Biology Training Consortium, which promotes scientific excellence among the next generation of cancer researchers; and the Pancreatic Cancer Alliance, an all-volunteer patient advocacy organization devoted to supporting pancreatic cancer research and education. Altieri’s laboratory explores the mechanisms that underlie how tumor cells survive and proliferate in cancer. In particular, he is interested in how tumor cells evade the normal processes that cause cells with genetic faults to self-destruct. Understanding these mechanisms could provide new therapeutic targets and novel approaches for virtually every type of human cancer.