Brian Van Ness, Ph.D., is co-director of the International Myeloma Foundation’s Bank On A Cure®, the world’s first databank of myeloma patient DNA and information. He is also professor and head of the Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development at the University of Minnesota Cancer Center in Minneapolis, Minn. His research focuses on exploring how different genes can influence disease progression and therapeutic response, particularly with regard to multiple myeloma.
Prior to his current position at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Van Ness was associate professor in the department of biochemistry at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. He is on the Scientific Advisory Board of the International Myeloma Foundation and the Myeloma Committee of the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group, and an active member of the American Society of Hematology. In 2000, Dr. Van Ness served as part of the NIH Progress Review Group in Lymphoid Malignancies. He has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, including Blood, Cancer Research, Immunology, Journal of Biological Chemistry, Leukemia and Oncogene.
After receiving a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in chemistry from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, Penn., Dr. Van Ness obtained his Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Minnesota. He conducted his postdoctoral work in molecular immunology with the Institute for Cancer Research in Fox Chase, Penn.