Dr. Patel has focused his entire scientific career in trying to find novel and innovative ways to improve the outcome in cancer patients. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Leeds in England, publishing 14 publications as a graduate student, focusing on establishing definitive methods for diagnosis of myeloid leukemia. He joined the University of Tennessee in 1992 to study signal transduction to get a better understanding of the causative agents of various disease states. Dr. Patel started his work on differential gene expression in 1994 when he joined St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis TN. At the time he utilized the rudimentary tools available to clone and characterize nucleoside transporter cDNAs. He subsequently initiated and ran an Affymetrix GeneChip microarray facility at St. Jude’s. His extensive experience and background in the field of gene expression research allowed him to help many investigators to further their research projects.