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ROBERT WEINBERG

Founding Member Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research
Dr. Robert A. Weinberg is a founding member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and the Daniel K. Ludwig Professor for Cancer Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Dr. Weinberg and his colleagues isolated the first human cancer-causing gene, the ras oncogene, and the first known tumor suppressor gene, Rb, the retinoblastoma gene. Dr. Weinberg is the author or editor of five books and more than 420 articles. He is an elected Member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and a recipient of the 1997 U.S. National Medal of Science.

Born in Pittsburgh in 1942, Dr. Weinberg received his B.S. (1964) and Ph.D. (1969) degrees in Biology from MIT. He did postdoctoral research at the Weizmann Institute and the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California, and then returned to MIT in 1972. In 1982, he was appointed Professor of Biology at MIT and became one of the five original Members of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts.