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Combinatorial Locksmith

Combinatorial chemistry has been hailed as the biotechnology wonder of the decade. A way to make millions of chemical compounds in less time and for less money than it used to take to make a handful, the burgeoning science is being used by researchers in fields as disparate as fuel cell technology, semiconductivity and pharmacology.

At the forefront of this remarkable late-20th century chemical revolution is one of the most recent recruits to the UC Davis Health System. Kit S. Lam, who holds both Ph.D. and M.D. degrees, joined the faculty as chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology in June this year. Along with his special knowledge and experience in the area of drug development, he brings to the UC Davis Cancer Center a spirit of optimism, a well of perseverance and a passion for his work that is rare these days."

He is an absolutely exceptional researcher," said Ralph deVere White, professor of urology and director of the UC Davis Cancer Center. "He comes to us with very valuable clinical experience together with a well-established, unique program in combinatorial chemistry."

Fred Meyers, professor and chair of the Department of Internal Medicine and Lam's predecessor as chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology, is especially pleased that Lam is committed to mentoring junior faculty and fellows.


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Kit Lam's work in combinatorial chemistry helps researchers develop millions of potential chemotherapy agents in a fraction of the time it used to take