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Robert Allan Weinberg
Born November 11, 1942(1942-11-11)
Institutions Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Whitehead Institute

Robert Allan Weinberg (born 11. November 1942) is a Daniel K. Ludwig Professor for Cancer Research at MIT and American Cancer Society Research Professor; his research is in the area of oncogenes and the genetic basis of human cancer. Weinberg is also affiliated with the Broad Institute and is a founding member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research. He co-teaches 7.012 (introductory biology) with Eric Lander.

He is best known for his discoveries of the first human oncogene Ras and the first tumor supressor gene Rb, which is partially documented in Natalie Angiers book, Natural Obsessions, about her year spent in Weinberg's lab.

He won the National Medal of Science in 1997, the Wolf Prize in Medicine in 2004 (shared with Roger Y. Tsien), and he is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. In 2007 he received an honorary doctorate degree in commemoration of Linnaeus from Uppsala University. He is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences since 1992.[1]

He is well known for both his brilliance in cancer research and for his mentorship of many eminent scientists.

He is also the author of the textbook The Biology of Cancer published by Garland Science.


Further reading

  • Tabin, C.J., Bradley, S.M., Bargmann, C.I., Weinberg, R.A., Papageorge, A.G., Scolnick, E.M., Dhar, R., Lowy, D.R., and Chang, E.H. (1982). "Mechanism of activation of a human oncogene". Nature 300: 143–149. doi:10.1038/300143a0.   PMID 6290897
  • Hahn, W.C., Counter, C.M., Lundberg, A.S., Beijersbergen, R.L., Brooks, M.W., and Weinberg, R.A. (1999). "Creation of human tumor cells with defined genetic elements". Nature 400: 464–468. doi:10.1038/22780.   PMID 10440377
  • Mani SA, Guo W, Liao MJ, Eaton EN, Ayyanan A, Zhou AY, Brooks M, Reinhard F, Zhang CC, Shipitsin M, Campbell LL, Polyak K, Brisken C, Yang J, Weinberg RA. (2008). "The epithelial-mesenchymal transition generates cells with properties of stem cells". Cell 133: 704–15.. doi:10.1016/j.cell.2008.03.027.   PMID 18485877
  • Weinberg, Robert (2007). The Biology of Cancer. Garland Science. ISBN 0-8153-4076-1; ISBN 0-8153-4078-8.  

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