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William C. Phelps, PhD

Director, Preclinical and Translational Cancer Research Program

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William (Bill) Phelps, PhD, is the director of the Preclinical and Translational Cancer Research program in the Extramural Grants department of the American Cancer Society. He manages peer review committees focused on cell biology, infectious disease, molecular genetics, and cancer drug discovery.

Dr. Phelps worked in antiviral and anticancer research with the pharmaceutical industry for 13 years with GlaxoWellcome and GlaxoSmithKline. More recently, he spent 2½ years with a small startup biotech company as vice president of research and development before joining the American Cancer Society in 2004. Additionally, he held an appointment as adjunct professor of genetics and microbiology at Duke University Medical Center from 1996-2004, and completed a certification program from American University in change leadership.

Dr. Phelps graduated from Rhodes College in 1977 with a BS in Biology. He went on to graduate school first at Virginia Tech where he earned an MS in Botany and later, to the University of Minnesota earning his PhD in Microbiology in 1985. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the National Cancer Institute.