Gerard Evan is an eminent biologist whose main research focus is to determine the molecular basis of cancer. Gerard has made crucial contributions to our understanding of the mechanisms that lead to the formation of cancer. These developments are important in the development of potential new therapies.
Notably, Gerard identified the protein encoded by the c-Myc gene, which is dysregulated in most cancers. He also discovered that the product of genes such as c-Myc can encourage cell growth as well as cell death, which typically kills potentially cancerous cells.
Gerard is currently Professor of Cancer Biology at Kings College London and a Principal Group Leader at the Francis Crick Institute. He co-directs a laboratory with Dr Trevor Littlewood, which focuses on disentangling the molecular mechanisms that drive and maintain. He is a Founding Editor of the journal Disease Models and Mechanisms.