David B. Agus

PIBBS MENTOR

Professor of Medicine and Engineering, Keck School of Medicine and Viterbi School of Engineering

Founding Director, Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine

Research Topics

  • Molecular Targeted Therapy of Cancer
  • Proteomics
  • Personalized Medicine
  • Physical Sciences in Oncology

Research Overview

David B. Agus is a Professor of Medicine and Engineering at the USC Keck School of Medicine and Viterbi School of Engineering and the founding director of USC’s Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine. His research focuses on the application of proteomics and genomics for the study of cancer and the development of new therapeutics for cancer. Dr. Agus’ clinical responsibilities include the development of clinical trials for new drugs and treatments for cancer, supported by the National Cancer Institute and other private foundations. Dr. Agus is a Research Project PI and on the executive committee of the Stanford Center for Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence and co-PI of the USC-NCI Physical Sciences in Oncology Center together with Danny Hillis.

Dr. Agus’ first book called The End of Illness was published in 2012 and is a New York Times #1 and international best seller and was the subject of a PBS series, and his most recent books A Short Guide to a Long Life and The Lucky Years: How to Thrive in the Brave New World of Health are also New York Times and international bestsellers.