Fox Chase Cancer Center Endowed Chairs

It is my privilege to acknowledge Ann’s tireless efforts to create and foster the vibrant scientific environment that we enjoy today.  Ann became Director of Basic Science during a pivotal time. She recruited many talented young scientists who were cared for personally and professionally. Many of our current senior members are shining examples of her handiwork.  She also oversaw the construction of innovative new research space in the West Building.  At the same time, she kept pace with huge technological advances in basic science—all while maintaining a very vigorous and creative research program of her own.  She remains an admirable role model for both junior and senior scientists and a life-long champion of academic research."
—Timothy J. Yen, PhD
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Fox Chase Cancer Center Endowed Chair Program logoWilliam Wikoff Smith Chair
in Cancer Research

One of Fox Chase Cancer Center’s most generous and most consistent supporters, The W.W. Smith Charitable Trust established this chair in 1998 as a powerful demonstration of their confidence in Fox Chase’s stellar faculty and to advance the philanthropic vision of its founder William Wikoff Smith (1920-1976), a Philadelphia businessman.  This chair supports an outstanding leader in the field of cancer research who represents the highest standards of excellence in academic research.

Anna M. Skalka, PhD

Anna M. Skalka, PhD

Basic Science Director Emeritus
Scientific Director,
Institute for Cancer Research
Member, Genome Stability Research Program Member, Viral Pathogenesis Research Program

Dr. Skalka's laboratory is focused on obtaining a detailed understanding of the mechanism by which retroviral DNA is integrated into its host cell chromatin, and discovering the epigenetic factors and processes that affect its subsequent expression.

Skalka is internationally known for her work on the molecular biology of retroviruses. She focuses her laboratory research on studies of retroviral enzymes, which have important implications for understanding both cancer and AIDS. This comprehensive approach provides unique insights, and excellent opportunities for cross-discipline training and collaboration. Her team's continuing overarching goals are to uncover new information of fundamental importance to both virus and cell biology, and to identify new targets for therapies to treat disease.

For information about how to support Fox Chase's endowed funds, please contact:


Rich Santoro
Senior Director, Major and Planned Gifts
Institutional Advancement
Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111
Tel: 215-728-3192
Fax: 215-728-2759
rich.santoro@fccc.edu