The One Health Lecture Series was established in the College of Veterinary Medicine in honor of Dr. Roger Mahr, DVM Class of 1971.
The Oncopig Cancer Model (OCM):
A Platform for Transitional, Translational and Transformative Advances in Cancer Research
Dr. Lawrence B. Schook
Professor, Institute for Genomic Biology
Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Professor of Animal Sciences
University of Illinois
Lawrence B. Schook, PhD, Edward William and Jane Marr Gutsgell Professor of Animal Sciences and Radiology, previously served as the Vice President for Research at the University of Illinois, overseeing the technology commercialization and economic development activities across the University’s three campuses (Urbana-Champaign, Chicago, Springfield). Previously, he served as founding Director, UIUC Division of Biomedical Sciences and the founding Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB) Theme Leader for Regenerative Biology and Tissue Engineering. Dr. Schook is a recognized international scholar in comparative genomics and is known for leading the pig genome-sequencing project, which has provided researchers insights into human cancer and other chronic diseases. He is a noted entrepreneur who has launched three health startup companies. Schook is currently funded by the NIH and the DOD to develop the pig as a biomedical cancer model and has been the PI in extramural funding from the NIH, NSF and USDA. He has co-authored/edited nine books and over 250 publications, has trained 43 graduate students, mentored 35 undergraduate projects and 25 postgraduate scholars. He has appointments in bioengineering, nutritional sciences, veterinary pathobiology, pathology, surgery, the Institute for Genomic Biology and the Beckman Institute. He was a Fellow at the Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership and the National Center for Supercomputer Applications. Dr. Schook is a founding director of UI LABS, a Chicago-based research and commercialization collaborative that spun out of the University. A Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, he currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Albion College, and the boards of the National Academy of Sciences Institute for Laboratory Animal Science Council, Translational Research and Innovative Oncology, Inc., Onclavus, Inc., and the Illinois Technology Association Internet of Things Council. He previously served on the Board of Managers for the Fermi and Argonne National Laboratories, and Illinois Governor Quinn’s Innovation Council. Dr. Schook obtained Postdoctoral Fellowships from the Institute of Clinical Immunology, University of Berne, Switzerland and University of Michigan School of Medicine, Ann Arbor; Ph.D. from the Wayne State School of Medicine, Detroit, Michigan; and B.A. from Albion College, Michigan.