Marc Tessier-Lavigne is president of Stanford University. He is a pioneer in the study of molecules that direct the formation of connections among nerve cells to establish circuits in the developing brain and spinal cord.
From 2011-2016, Tessier-Lavigne served as president of The Rockefeller University. Prior to that, he served as executive vice president for research and chief scientific officer at Genentech, a leading biotechnology company. Before Genentech, he held faculty positions at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and subsequently at Stanford University, where he was the Susan B. Ford Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences. While at UCSF and Stanford he was also an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
Tessier-Lavigne is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including his election as a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine (U.S.), and a fellow of the Royal Society (U.K.), the Royal Society of Canada, the Academy of Medical Sciences (U.K.), the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Tessier-Lavigne received undergraduate degrees from McGill University and Oxford University (where he was a Rhodes Scholar), a Ph.D. from University College London (UCL), and was a postdoctoral fellow at UCL and Columbia University.
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