Lander, a geneticist, molecular biologist, and mathematician,
is the founder and director of the Whitehead Institute
Center for Genome Research, one of the world's leading
genome centers. He is also professor of biology at the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Dr. Lander earned his B.A. in mathematics from Princeton
University in 1978 and his Ph.D. in mathematics from
Oxford University in 1981. He was also an assistant
and associate professor of managerial economics at the
Harvard Business School from 1981 to 1990.
Dr. Lander was named a Rhodes Scholar in 1978 and received
a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 1987. 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. He has received
numerous awards and honorary degrees, and has served
on many advisory boards for governments, academic institutions,
scientific societies, and companies.
Dr. Lander's leadership, the Center for Genome Research
has been responsible for developing most of the key
tools of modern genomics, the study of a mammal's genetic
code and how it functions. The Center for Genome Research
has made these tools immediately and freely available
to the scientific community, with the aim of accelerating
progress in biomedical research.