Lab Director


Dr. Seto speaking

Ed Seto, PhD

Associate Center Director for Basic Sciences, GW Cancer Center

Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Medicine, School of Medicine & Health Sciences

Ed Seto received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Irvine and his PhD from the University of California at San Francisco. After completing an American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellowship at Princeton University, Dr. Seto spent four years as an assistant professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center before moving his research group to the Moffitt Cancer Center at the University of South Florida. Dr. Seto held the Ralph R. Kaul Endowed Professorship at the Moffitt Cancer Center and was the chair of the Molecular Oncology Department before moving to George Washington University.

Early in his career, Dr. Setoʼs laboratory discovered and cloned two histone deacetylase enzymes, HDAC2 and HDAC3. His laboratory was also the first to demonstrate that HDACs repress transcription when recruited to promoters. More recently, Dr. Seto extended his work to obtain an understanding of the biological functions of HDACs in health and diseases.

Dr. Seto has published over 160 scientific articles and currently serves on several editorial and scientific advisory boards. Dr. Seto has received numerous grants for his research from the National Institutes of Health, the American Cancer Society, and the National Science Foundation.