Bruce Stillman (1953-) is President of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. He came to CSH as a postdocal fellow in 1979 and a was promoted to scientific staff in 1981. Dr. Stillman has been the Director of the Cancer Center at CSH since 1992. He suceeded Dr. James Watson as Director of CSHL in 1994 and was appointed President in 2003.
Dr. Stillman's research focuses on how DNA replication is duplicated in cells, a process that ensures accurate inheritance of genetic material from one generation to the next. He has contributed to the elucidation of the mechanism of DNA replication of human viruses and to the processes that ensure accurate replication of the human genome and its associated protein structures called nucleosomes.
Dr. Stillman has received a number of honors including election as a Fellow of The Royal Society in 1993. In 1994, Dr. Stillman was awarded the Julian Wells Medal (Australia) and in 1999, Dr. Stillman was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for service to scientific research. Dr. Stillman was elected in 2000 to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and in 2008 was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2004, Dr. Stillman was awarded the Alfred P. Sloan, Jr. Prize from the General Motors Cancer Research Foundation with Dr. Thomas Kelly. In 2006 he received the American Cancer Society Basic Science Award from the Society of Surgical Oncology and in 2007 received the Curtin Medal from the Australian National University. He has also received five honorary doctorates.