Robert Weinberg, PhD
Founding member, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research
A pioneering cancer researcher, Dr. Weinberg is a founding member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research in Massachusetts. He is also an American Cancer Research Society professor at MIT. He received his B.S. and Ph.D. in biology from MIT, working under Sheldon Penman. For his postdoctoral work, Dr. Weinberg joined Ernest Winocour’s lab at the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot, Israel, and Renato Dulbecco’s lab at the Salk Institute in California. After completing his postdoctoral research, he returned to MIT in 1972 and was appointed professor of biology in 1982.
Dr. Weinberg’s research is focused on human cancers and their genetic roots. He discovered the first oncogene and the first tumor suppressor gene. His lab continues to uncover crucial, novel insights into tumorigenesis and the spread of cancer. Dr. Weinberg’s encyclopedic knowledge and insight into the complexities of tumor biology are invaluable resources in the exploration of exoneural biology.