Dr. Jay Vadgama is a Vice President for Research and Health Affairs at the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU). He is a Full Professor of Medicine at CDU and at the David Geffen UCLA School of Medicine in the Department(s) of Internal Medicine. Dr. Vadgama is the Chief of the Division of Cancer Research and Training; Director for Center to Eliminate Cancer Health Disparities; and Director of Molecular Oncology Program in the Department of Internal Medicine at CDU. Dr. Vadgama holds Endowed Chair for Cancer Research, and is the Director of the Cancer Cluster at CDU. He is a Principal Investigator of two of the largest center grants at CDU. He is also PI and Co-Investigator on several other projects. His academic career is in the area of Health Disparities and in particular oncology, basic, clinical and translational areas.Research programs in his division focus on: 1) Genetics and epigenetics; 2) Identification of cellular/molecular markers, and novel genes for early detection, prevention and management of breast, colorectal cancer, and prostate cancers; 3) Mechanisms associated with bone metastasis from breast cancer; 4) Role of mismatch repair proteins and microsatellite instability in colorectal cancer in underrepresented populations; 5) Identification and characterization of normal and cancer stem cells in breast and prostate cancers that contribute to drug resistance; 6) Cancer outreach and prevention studies.