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The one hundred honoree: Robert A. Weinberg, PhD

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The one hundred honoree: Robert A. Weinberg, PhD

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Robert Weinberg, PhD, is the Daniel K. Ludwig Professor and American Cancer Society Professor for Cancer Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a founding member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research.

Dr. Weinberg is a legend in the field of cancer research. His laboratory was the first to show that an activated human gene (RAS) could, by itself, cause tumors when introduced into noncancerous cells, and also the first to discover that an inactivated human gene (RB) could confer familial susceptibility to a pediatric eye cancer. Over the years, repeated groundbreaking discoveries in his laboratory have laid the groundwork for research on cancer metastasis, a major area

of study in his laboratory today.

“Dr. Weinberg’s profound impact on his field has earned him many well deserved honors and his place in the pantheon of cancer researchers. To this day, he continues to push the boundaries of what we know about cancer,” says Phillip Sharp, MD, PhD, Mass General trustee and co-recipient of the 1993 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine.