Dr. Harold Varmus

Transitions in Cancer Research 

FEBRUARY 12, 2015

Lecture Summary: Genomics and Precision Medicine Are Shaping the Future of Cancer Care→

BIOGRAPHY: Dr. Harold Varmus, co-recipient of the Nobel Prize for studies of the genetic basis of cancer, became director of the National Cancer Institute on July 12, 2010, after 10 years as president of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and six years as director of the National Institutes of Health. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine and is involved with several initiatives to promote science and health in developing countries. He is the author of over 350 scientific papers and five books, including a recent memoir titled, “The Art and Politics of Science.” He was co-chair of President Barack Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, co-founder and chairman of the board of the Public Library of Science, and chair of the scientific board of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges in Global Health.

Dr. Varmus's lecture was made possible in part through a gift from Stevens alumnus, Dr. William W. Destler, '68, President, Rochester Institute of Technology.