Professor of Systems Biology
Professor of Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Founding Director, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
Assistant: Kate Mulherin
In creating the Broad Institute, Lander and colleagues have nucleated a community of researchers from the Cambridge-Boston area to tackle complex problems related to developing comprehensive tools for genomic medicine and applying them to the study of disease. This research effort requires cooperation across scientific disciplines from basic biology to chemistry, basic science to clinical science, and collaboration across institutions.
About Dr. Lander: Eric S. Lander received his B.A. in mathematics from Princeton University in 1978 and his Ph.D. in mathematics from Oxford in 1981, as a Rhodes Scholar. Heserved as assistant and associate professor of managerial economics at the Harvard Business School from 1981 to 1990. In 1986, he joined the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and founded the Whitehead/MIT Center for Genome Research in 1990. Lander became the founding director of the newly created Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT in 2003. He is also professor of biology at MIT and member of Whitehead.
His honors and awards include the MacArthur Foundation Prize Fellowship in 1987, the Baker Memorial Award for Undergraduate Teaching at MIT in 1992, the Woodrow Wilson Prize for Public Service from Princeton University in 1998, the City of Medicine Award in 2001, and the Gairdner Foundation International Award of Canada in 2002. He was elected a Member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 1997 and the U.S. Institute of Medicine in 1999.