Edward Scolnick joined the Broad Institute in 2004 as an associate member to spearhead a major research effort in psychiatric disease. In 2007 he became a senior associate member and founding director of the newly launched Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at the Broad Institute and the director of the Broad's Psychiatric Disease Program. In 2010, he was named a core member at the Broad. Scolnick served as the Stanley Center's director for five years, and currently serves as the center's chief scientist. He holds an academic appointment at MIT as a Professor of the Practice in the Department of Biology.
From 1982 to 2003, Scolnick served as president of Merck Research Laboratories; executive vice president for science and technology at Merck & Co., Inc; executive director and vice president in the department of virus and cell biology and senior vice president for basic research at Merck Research Laboratories.
Prior to joining Merck, he worked at the National Cancer Institute where he demonstrated the cellular origin of sarcoma virus oncogenes in mammals and defined specific genes that cause human cancer. He also worked at the National Heart Institute where his work defined the stop signals in the genetic code and the biochemical mechanism that produces the stops.
Scolnick is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Institute of Medicine. Among his many other academic honors, he was selected as Regents' Lecturer, University of California at Berkeley, and as Frank H.T. Rhodes Class of '56 University Professor at Cornell University, and appointed to the Board of Visitors at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
He served on the Board of Directors of Merck & Co., Inc., from 1997 to 2002, the Board of Councillors for the National Institute of Mental Health from 1998 to 2002, and the FDA Science Board from 2000 to 2002. He currently is a consultant for Clarus Ventures.
Scolnick holds an A.B. from Harvard College and an M.D. from Harvard University Medical School.