Jonathan Weissman, Ph.D.
Whitehead Institute and MIT
Jonathan Weissman is a Professor of Biology at MIT, an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Landon T. Clay Professor of Biology at the Whitehead Institute, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. His research is focused on how cells ensure that proteins fold into their correct shape, as well as the role of protein misfolding in disease and normal physiology and building innovative tools for broadly exploring organizational principles of biological systems. These include ribosome profiling, which globally monitors protein translation, CRIPSRi/a for controlling the expression of human genes and rewiring the epigenome and lineage tracing tools, to record the history of cells. Weissman has received several distinctions for his work including the Ira Herskowitz Award from the Genetic Society of America, the National Academy of Sciences Award for Scientific Discovery and the Raymond and Beverly Sackler International Prize in Biophysics. He received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.