Virginia G. Piper Chair in Personalized Medicine; Chief Scientist, Center for Sustainable Health; President and Director Emeritus, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Lee Hartwell, PhD, is the Virginia G. Piper Chair in Personalized Medicine. In October 2010, Dr. Hartwell joined the Center for Sustainable Health at Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute. At the Center, he continues his work on molecular diagnostics and the establishment of a Global Biosignatures Network as the Center's Chief Scientist.
Dr. Hartwell is the President and Director Emeritus of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. He recently served as chair on the executive committee of the Pacific Health Summit. Currently, he chairs the executive committee for the Center for Sustainable Health (formerly known as the Partnership for Personalized Medicine).
For most of Dr. Hartwell's career, he studied genes that control cell division in yeast; subsequently, many of these same genes have been found to control cell division in humans and to be the site of alteration in cancer. For this work, Dr. Hartwell was awarded the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.