Eric Lander, PhD

Broad Institute, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Eric Lander is one of the driving forces behind today’s revolution in genomics and serves as the Founding Director of the Broad Institute, 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, Dr. Lander is using the knowledge of the human genome to tackle the fundamental issue of medicine: to find the causes versus the symptoms of disease. Dr. Lander has also been a successful entrepreneur and was Co-founder of Millennium Pharmaceuticals and Infinity Pharmaceuticals.

Lander received his 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 1981-1989.