Eric Lander, Ph.D.
Eric Lander is one of the driving forces behind today’s revolution in genomics and currently serves as the founding director of the Broad Institute. Eric is also a professor of biology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and professor of systems biology at Harvard Medical School. He is an innovator in genome technology and was a key leader of the Human Genome Project.
Today, Eric is using the knowledge of the human genome to tackle the fundamental issue of medicine: to find the causes versus the symptoms of disease. He has also been a successful entrepreneur and was a founding scientific advisor of Millennium Pharmaceuticals and Infinity Pharmaceuticals.
Eric holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from Oxford in 1981 as a Rhodes Scholar. He joined Whitehead Institute in 1986 and founded the Whitehead Institute/Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Genome Research in 1990. He taught managerial economics on the faculty of the Harvard Business School from 1981 to 1989.