Leland H. Hartwell, PhD
Virginia G. Piper Chair of Personalized Medicine; Chief Scientist, Center for Sustainable Health, Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona; President Emeritus, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, Washington
Awarded the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, Dr. Hartwell was honored for the discovery of the key regulators of the cell cycle and the fundamental role of checkpoints in cell cycle control. By identifying “checkpoint” genes that determine whether a cell is dividing normally, he provided the foundation upon which today's detailed knowledge of the molecular mechanisms controlling the cell division cycle in nucleated cells rests. His research also showed that gaps in a cell cycle allow for the repair of damaged DNA.
Dr. Hartwell's pioneering work has had a major influence on our understanding of cancer and the therapeutic strategies used to treat diseases caused by uncontrolled cell growth. In addition to his Nobel Prize, he has been the recipient of most of the major awards that the cancer research community can bestow, as well as the Medal of Merit, the State of Washington’s highest honor.
2017 Builders of Science Award, Geoffrey Beene Foundation 2009-Present Virginia G. Piper Chair of Personalized Medicine; Chief Scientist, Center for Sustainable Health, Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University2005 Distinguished Scientist Award, Association of American Cancer Institutes2004 Alfred G. Knudson Award in Cancer Genetics, National Cancer Institute2001 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine1999 American Cancer Society Medal of Honor1999 Distinguished Alumni Award, California Institute of Technology1998 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award1998 Brinker International Award for Basic Science, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation1997-2009 President and Director, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center1994 Genetics Society of America Medal1992 Gairdner Foundation International Award1991 Alfred P. Sloan Award, General Motors Cancer Research Foundation1987 Elected Member, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC1973 Eli Lilly Award in Microbiology and Immunology1964 PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology