sharpless-88-aPresident Donald Trump wants Dr. Ned Sharpless to lead the federal government’s fight against cancer.

On Friday, the President announced he intends to appoint Sharpless director of the National Cancer Institute. The NCI is the largest institute under the National Institutes of Health (NIH) umbrella.

Days earlier, the White House also announced that NIH Director Francis Collins ’77 would remain in charge under the current administration.

Sharpless joined UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center in 2002 and took over as director in 2014. His research into how normal cells transform intro cancerous cells has earned him recognition around the world.

The President’s announcement Friday came two weeks after G1 Therapeutics, Inc.—a company developing cancer treatments based in part on Sharpless’ work—raised $108 million from investors when it went public. And last year, the CBS news program 60 Minutes profiled Sharpless and his team for their tests of artificial intelligence to develop cancer treatment plans.