Eric S. Lander

Eric S. Lander

Eric S. Lander

Founding Director, The Eli and Edythe L. Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT

Eric Lander is founding director of the Broad Institute and director of its Genome Biology Program. As one of the principal leaders of the Human Genome Project, Mr. Lander and colleagues are using these findings to explore the molecular mechanisms underlying the basis of human disease.

Over the past 15 years, Mr. Lander and colleagues have developed many of the key tools and information resources of modern mammalian genomics.

They have also applied these tools and data to pioneer new ways to understand the basis of disease. Their work includes mapping and sequencing of the human, mouse, and other genomes; understanding the genetic variation in the human population and its relationship to disease susceptibility; understanding the distinctive cellular signatures of diseases and of response to drugs; and understanding the mutations underlying cancer.

A recipient of numerous honors and awards, Mr. Lander has been appointed by President Barack Obama to co-chair the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. He is a professor of biology at MIT and professor of systems biology at Harvard Medical School. In 1990, he founded the Whitehead Institute/MIT Center for Genome Research, which became part of the Broad Institute in 2003.

Mr. Lander earned his BA in mathematics from Princeton University in 1978 and his PhD in mathematics from Oxford University in 1981 as a Rhodes Scholar. He was an assistant and associate professor of managerial economics at HBS from 1981 to 1990.