Eric S. Lander, Ph.D.

Whitehead/MIT Center for Genome Research
United States

Dr. Eric S. Lander is a geneticist, molecular biologist, and mathematician, with research interests in human genetics, mouse genetics, population genetics, and computational and mathematical methods in biology. He and his research group have developed many of the tools of modern genome research-including genomic maps of the human, mouse, and rat genomes in connection with the Human Genome Project, and techniques for genetic analyses of complex, multigenic traits. He has applied these techniques to the understanding of cancer, diabetes, hypertension, renal failure, and dwarfism.

Dr. Lander is a Member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, Professor of Biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Director of the Whitehead Institute/MIT Center for Genome Research. Dr. Lander earned his A.B. in Mathematics from Princeton University in 1978 and his D. Phil. in Mathematics from Oxford University in 1981. In addition to his work in biology, he was also assistant and associate professor of managerial economics at the Harvard Graduate School of Business during the period 1981-1990.

Dr. Lander was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship in 1978 and received the MacArthur Foundation Prize Fellowship in 1987 for his work in genetics. He was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1990, in recognition of "research on the application of mathematical and statistical approaches to molecular genetics." He was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 1997, the U.S. Institute of Medicine in 1998, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1999.

Among Dr. Lander's many honors and awards are the Dickson Prize in Medicine, the Pasarow Prize in Cancer, the Rhoads Memorial Award (for excellence in cancer research), the Chiron Prize for Biotechnology, the Beckman Award for Laboratory Automation, the Woodrow Wilson Prize for Public Service from Princeton, and the Baker Memorial Award for Undergraduate Teaching at MIT.