Extra Miler

Transforming Childhood Cancer Research

Thinking outside the box is second nature to Steven Jonas, MD, PhD, an ALSF Young Investigator Grantee and a member of The Million Mile team, the UCLA Nano-Transformers. He and his interdisciplinary group of chemists, engineers and physician-scientists are building nanorobotic, gene-delivery drones to deploy genes and gene-editing packages directly to cells quickly, safely and for a lower cost than current delivery methods.

As if building breakthrough technology was not enough, Dr. Jonas and his Million Mile team go the extra mile each September. The team includes patients, families, patient advocates, UCLA students, physicians, nurses and scientists and brings everyone together for one goal: a cure!