Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Research

Translational Genomics Network

Edith Sanford Breast Cancer research at Sanford Research is pursuing cutting-edge forward genomic research to identify specific treatments that will work best for each woman, prevent the disease on an individual basis, and ultimately eradicate breast cancer. As part of Sanford Health, the largest rural non-profit health care system in the nation, we can integrate research and patient care so that information flows seamlessly— translational genomic research discoveries are accelerated into clinical applications, such as new treatments and diagnostics to benefit patients, and clinical data about patient response flows back to the labs to inform more discoveries.

Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Research Team

James Ford, MD
National Genomic Oncology Advisor, Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Center

Dr. Ford advises Edith Sanford Breast Cancer research on clinical research and personalized treatments for breast cancer. He is currently an associate professor of medicine (oncology) and genetics and director of the Stanford Cancer Genetics Clinic and the Cancer Genomics Program at Stanford University Medical Center.

Dr. Ford graduated from Yale University in 1984 and received his medical degree from the Yale School of Medicine in 1989. The recipient of numerous national awards, Dr. Ford is also an editor for Cancer Research, PLoS Genetics and DNA Repair and serves on the scientific review committee for the V Foundation for Cancer Research.

 Eugene H. Hoyme, MD
President, Sanford Research

Dr. Hoyme is a board-certified geneticist and pediatrician. He currently serves as president and senior scientist at Sanford Research, chief academic officer of Sanford Health, medical director for Sanford Imagenetics, and professor of pediatrics (medical genetics) at the Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota. From 2007-2011, he served as chair of the Department of Pediatrics of the Sanford School of Medicine. Previously, he held academic appointments and leadership posts at the Stanford School of Medicine, Palo Alto, the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson, and the University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington.  

Dr. Hoyme has held numerous leadership roles in regional and national clinical and research organizations in pediatrics and medical genetics. He has authored 140 original articles and 25 book chapters, monographs and electronic publications. He is the co-author of Signs and Symptoms of Genetic Disease, a 2014 textbook published by Oxford University Press.

David Pearce, PhD
Chief Operating Office and Vice President, Sanford Research

Dr. Pearce provides administrative oversight over all Sanford Research programs, including Edith Sanford Breast Cancer research. Dr. Pearce is also the director of the Sanford Children’s Health and Research Center in Sioux Falls, SD. 

Dr. Pearce also heads the leading lab in juvenile Batten disease research. He has been researching juvenile neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis (Batten disease) since 1997. He is responsible for the establishment of the Batten Disease Diagnostic and Clinical Research Center at the University of Rochester School of Medicine.

He completed his undergraduate bachelor of science degree with honors in Biological Sciences at Wolverhampton Polytechnic in 1986. He gained his PhD in 1990 at the University of Bath, UK, and did postdoctoral training at the University of Rochester and Oxford University, UK.

Megan Landsverk, PhD
Director, Sanford Medical Genetics Laboratory Molecular Genetics Division 

Dr. Landsverk is the director of the Molecular Genetics Division of the Sanford Medical Genetics Laboratory. The Molecular Genetics Division is a clinical diagnostic laboratory with an ever-expanding menu of molecular testing for rare mendelian disorders such as inborn errors of metabolism, in addition to germline and somatic cancer testing, and pharmacogenetics. 

She received her bachelor of science degrees in both biology and chemistry from the University of North Dakota. She then went on to earn her PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology from Baylor College of Medicine, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in the Genetic Medicine Division of the Pediatric Department at the University of Washington. Following her postdoc, Dr. Landsverk returned to Baylor College of Medicine to pursue an American Board of Medical Genetics fellowship in clinical molecular genetics. She remained at Baylor as an assistant professor in the genetics department and assistant director of the Baylor Medical Genetics Laboratory prior to joining Sanford Health. She is board certified in molecular genetics and a fellow of the American College of Medical Genetics.

Chun-hung Chan, PhD
Director, Edith Sanford BioBank at Sanford Health

Dr. Chan oversees all sample processing, biobanking, and genomic sequencing operations at Sanford Health, which supports key research initiatives in breast cancer, genetic disorders and rare disease. Dr. Chan received a PhD in developmental neurobiology at University College London and his bachelor of science in biochemistry at the University of Bath in the United Kingdom. His postdoctoral fellowship was completed at the University of Rochester School of Medicine.