Eric Lander, Ph.D.

Founding Director, Broad Institute

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.