Dr. Tak Mak
Director, The Campbell Family Institute for Breast Cancer Research
Dr. Tak Mak
Dr. Tak Mak

Dr. Tak Mak received his PhD in Biochemistry in 1972 from the University of Alberta. After completing his postdoctoral fellowship at Ontario Cancer Institute, the research arm of Princess Margaret Hospital, Dr. Mak became a faculty member at the University of Toronto's Department of Medical Biophysics. Dr. Mak is well known for his work in identifying and cloning T cell receptor genes, a significant discovery in the field of immunology.

His international recognition includes the King Faisal Prize for Medicine, the Gairdner Foundation International Award, and the Sloan Prize of the GM Cancer Foundation. In 1997, he was named a University Professor at University of Toronto, an honour reserved for a small percentage of the university's faculty.

In 2004, Dr. Mak became Director of the newly launched Institute for Breast Cancer Research, which was renamed The Campbell Family Institute for Breast Cancer Research in honour of a $25-million gift from the Campbell Family. The Weekend to End Breast Cancer plays an integral role in raising funds to support the Campbell Family Institute.

Currently, Dr. Mak's research interests include mapping the genetic mutations in breast cancers to identify drug targets for future treatments.

His list of achievements includes:
  • Member of the Order of Ontario
  • Officer of the Order of Canada
  • Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences (USA)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society
  • King Faisal Prize for Medicine
  • Gairdner Foundation International Award
  • Sloan Prize of the GM Cancer Foundation
  • Paul Ehrlich and Ludwig Darmstaedter Prize
    (Germany's top scientific award)
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