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Arizona Historymakers™

Arizona Historical Society

Jeffrey M. Trent, Ph.D.

1952 -

Honored as Historymaker 2023

Visionary in Using Genomics in Medicine, Founder of TGen

Video by Carey Pena of Inspired Media 360, for the Historical League; videographer Leonardo Buono.

Dr. Jeffrey M. Trent is the visionary founder of the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), part of City of Hope. TGen helped revolutionize the field of precision medicine, a medical approach that takes into account an Individual's genomic makeup when diagnosing and treating diseases. The native Phoenician's illustrious career includes serving as the founding director of the Division of Intramural Research (DIR) at the National Humane Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the U.S. entity that led the international effort to map the human genome; and faculty leadership positions at the University of Michigan and University of Arizona. In addition to a number of awards and honors over his 40-plus-year distinguished career, he has authored more than 400 manuscripts in the scientific literature, numerous book chapters, invited reviews and invited lectures. Along with his role as president and research director of TGen, he maintains an active research lab that focuses primarily on cancer, including seminal work in skin, prostate and ovarian cancer.