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Harrington Distinguished Scholar Program

Harrington Distinguished Scholars are resident at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. The Institute and Medical Center are actively recruiting exceptional physician-scientists. As Distinguished Scholars they receive enhanced financial support as well as support by the Innovation Support Center.

Goutham Narla, MD, PhD

2012 Harrington Discovery Institute Distinguished Scholar (Early Career Award)

Goutham Narla, MD, PhD

“With the Harrington Discovery Institute, you have the best of both worlds – fundamental science and translational research, and drug development. “

Goutham Narla, MD, PhD
2012 Harrington Distinguished Scholar (Early Career Award)

Harrington Discovery Institute's first Harrington Distinguished Scholar (Early Career Award) is Goutham Narla, MD, PhD, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine and the Institute for Transformative Molecular Medicine, and a leading physician-scientist recruited from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York.

Dr. Narla’s laboratory focuses on the identification and characterization of the genes and pathways involved in cancer metastasis and in the regulation of chemotherapy response. In addition, Dr. Narla is interested in developing small-molecule-based therapies to reactivate key genes involved in suppressing tumor growth and metastasis.

Dr. Narla's research has resulted in 45 peer-reviewed publications, including papers in the journals Science, Nature Genetics and the Journal of Clinical Investigation. In addition, his work has resulted in five patents on the KLF6 gene and small molecule based approaches to reactivate transcriptional networks in human cancer. Most recently, with Michael Ohlmeyer, PhD, Associate Professor, Structural and Chemical Biology at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, he won the prestigious BioAccelerate New York Investment Fund Award to support his translational drug discovery work and enable his research team to start a biotechnology company.

Dr. Narla received bachelor’s degrees in economics and biology from Santa Clara University. He received medical degree and doctorate from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He was the Director of Physician Scientist Training for the Medicine Residency Program and an Assistant Director for the MD/PhD Program at the Mount Sinai Hospital. He served on the medical school, MSTP and residency selection committees for the school. Dr. Narla was a participant in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Medical Research Fellows Program, and is currently an HHMI Physician-Scientist Early Career Awardee. He has received several teaching awards, including the Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award and the Saul Horowitz, Jr. Memorial Award.

Dr. Narla is an attending physician at University Hospitals at Cleveland Medical Center and the first Harrington Distinguished Scholar in the Institute for Transformative Molecular Medicine.

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As appeared in SCENE Magazine February 25, 2015
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