P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Jacob Chacko, 2004


Jacob Chacko is the child of immigrants from India

Fellowship awarded to support work towards an MD in Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Jacob Chacko is the CEO of ORIC. Previously, he was CFO at IGNYTA, and vice-president at TPG Capital, a global private equity firm in San Francisco. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Bonti, a privately-held, clinical-stage biotechnology company.

Jacob was born in Texas and is the son of naturalized parents who emigrated from India. His family lives in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

Jacob received his MBA with honors from Harvard University and his MD with honors from the University of California at Los Angeles. Prior to this, Jacob completed an MSc in economic and social history at Oxford University. As an undergraduate he attended the University of Southern California (USC), where he received a BA in biology, a BS in gerontology, and a minor in health policy & management.

Jacob served as president of his class at Harvard and UCLA. At Oxford he was a Marshall Scholar, and worked as an associate at McKinsey & Company. He graduated as the University valedictorian, a Phi Kappa Phi fellow, and won a place on USA Today's 1st Team Academic All-American. At USC, he was a three-year starter on the men's soccer team and co-founded a leadership academy for neighborhood children.


  • MBA Business | Harvard University 2008
  • MD Medicine | University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) 2008
  • MS Economic and Social History | University of Oxford 2002
  • BS Biology | University of Southern California 2000
  • Marshall Scholar
Work History
  • Ignyta, CFO
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