Marc Tessier-Lavigne, PhD
President, Stanford University
Marc Tessier-Lavigne became the president of Stanford University in September 2016. Born in Ontario, Canada, he received undergraduate degrees in physics at McGill and philosophy and physiology at Oxford, where he was a Rhodes scholar. He earned his PhD in physiology from University College London and performed postdoctoral work there and at Columbia University. He held faculty positions and was an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and at Stanford. Dr. Tessier-Lavigne served as Executive Vice President for Research and Chief Scientific Officer at Genentech before becoming president of The Rockefeller University in 2011.
In his research, Dr. Tessier-Lavigne and his colleagues pioneered the identification of molecules that direct the formation of connections among nerve cells to establish circuits in the developing brain and spinal cord. Defects in these mechanisms lead to neurological disorders. These mechanisms also provide targets to assist regeneration of nerve connections after trauma. His contributions have been recognized by numerous prizes and honors, including his election as a Member of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine (USA), and a Fellow of the Royal Society (UK), the Royal Society of Canada, the Academy of Medical Sciences (UK), the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.