Lander is professor of biology at MIT and professor of systems biology at Harvard Medical School. For more than 20 years, Lander has taught Introductory Biology to more than half of all MIT students.

More than 72,000 students have enrolled in the free online version of the course, Introduction to Biology – The Secret of Life, which is available through MIT edX.

Additionally, his earlier Fundamentals of Biology course, offered through MIT Open Courseware, has received more than 93,000 views.