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Eric Lander - President and Founding Director, on leave

Eric S. Lander, Broad Institute DirectorEric Lander is president and founding director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard*. A geneticist, molecular biologist, and mathematician, Lander was one of the principal leaders of the international Human Genome Project from 1990 to 2003.

A professor of biology at MIT and professor of systems biology at Harvard Medical School, Lander is committed to attracting, teaching and mentoring a new generation of scientists to fulfill the promise of genomic insights to benefit human health.

From 2008 to 2016 he informed public policy as co-chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST).

*Update, January 2021: Lander has stepped down from his leadership role and has taken an unpaid, academic leave-of-absence from his faculty positions at Broad, MIT and Harvard to serve as White House Science Advisor to President Joseph R. Biden. Todd Golub has been named Broad Institute Director. Learn more.*

This page offers links to key scientific publications; courseware, which is freely available through MIT edX; public policy; op-eds; perspectives; and to selected news items and interviews.


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