Dr. Susan Kane and her husband, Jon Fuhrman, live in Pasadena. Susan is a cancer researcher and professor in the Beckman Research Institute at City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center. Susan received a B.S. in Biology from Stanford University and earned her Ph.D. in Biology from Johns Hopkins University. After working as a postdoctoral fellow at the National Cancer Institute, Susan came to the City of Hope as an assistant professor in 1990. Susan has been chair of Molecular Medicine, associate director of research, and senior vice president of academics at City of Hope before recently stepping away from administration to focus, once again, on science. Susan’s lab studies mechanisms of drug resistance in breast cancer. She is also a mentor in COH’s graduate school and co-director of a COH-Cal State LA partnership that promotes research and training in the area of minority disparities in cancer.
In the community, Susan works to promote science education, advance women and minorities in science, and improve access to quality health care for all. Susan helps organize a day of hands-on science for middle school girls held annually at Pasadena City College. She was on Pasadena’s board of education for four years and currently sits on the boards of two Pasadena-based non-profits. Susan has been an Oak Crest board member since 2005.