Recorded: 03 Jun 2016
Well, I have a laboratory at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research affiliated with the MIT Department of Biology. I am Robert Weinberg; I run a laboratory at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research affiliated with the MIT Department of Biology - both in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I’m a professor in the MIT Biology Department where I teach undergraduates and graduate students. And I’ve been at MIT since the beginning of time. Since I first arrived at MIT in September of 1960 - so this year is 2016, that’s quite a few years since then. I left and came back on several occasions, but I only work now about 400 yards from where I lived as an undergraduate that long time ago.
Robert "Bob" Weinberg is Daniel K. Ludwig Professor for Cancer Research and director of the Ludwig Cancer Center at MIT, an American Cancer Society Research Professor, and is a founding member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research.
In 1982 he was one of the scientists to discover the first human oncogene, Ras, which causes normal cells to form tumors, and his lab also isolated the first known tumor suppressor gene, Rb.
He co-authored with Douglas Hanahan the landmark "Hallmarks of Cancer" paper in 2000, which laid out the six requirements for a healthy cell to become cancerous.