Whitehead Institute’s world-renowned faculty include the recipient of the 2011 National Medal of Science (Rudolf Jaenisch); 2010 National Medal of Science (Susan Lindquist); 1997 National Medal of Science (Robert A Weinberg); eleven Members of the National Academy of Sciences (David Bartel, Gerald R. Fink, Jaenisch, Lindquist, Harvey F. Lodish, Hidde Ploegh, David Sabatini, Terry Orr-Weaver, David C. Page, Weinberg, and Richard Young); five members of the Institute of Medicine (Fink, Jaenisch, Lindquist, Page, and Weinberg); and seven Fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (Ploegh, Fink, Jaenisch, Lindquist, Lodish, Page, and Weinberg). All Whitehead faculty are also professors at MIT.
Faculty In The News
November 10, 2016
Whitehead Institute researchers have determined how the master transcriptional regulator of the heat shock response, known as heat shock factor 1 (HSF1), is controlled in yeast. Understanding how HSF1 works, how it is regulated, and how to fine tune it in a cell-type specific way could lead to therapies for cancer and neurodegenerative diseases.
October 28, 2016
Susan Lee Lindquist, Ph.D., Member and former Director of Whitehead Institute, and one of the nation’s most lauded scientists, yesterday succumbed to cancer. Her nearly 40-year career was defined by intellectually courageous, boundary-defying research and a passion for nurturing new generations of scientific talent.
“Sue has meant so much to Whitehead as an institution of science, and as a community of scientists, and her passing leaves us diminished in so many ways,” reflects David C. Page, M.D., Director of Whitehead Institute and Professor of Biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). “She was a risk-taker and an innovator. She believed that if we were not reaching for things beyond our grasp, we were not doing our job as researchers; if we were not constantly striving for that which we could only imagine, we were not fulfilling our obligations to society as scientists.”