Dr. Leonard ZonDirector, The Stem Cell Research Program at Children’s Hospital Boston; Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator; Grousbeck Professor of Pediatric Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Leonard I. Zon is the Director of The Stem Cell Research Program at Children’s Hospital Boston, HHMI (Howard Hughes Medical Institute) Investigator, and Grousbeck Professor of Pediatric Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
Professor Zon is internationally recognized for his pioneering research in the new fields of stem cell biology and cancer genetics. His current research focuses on two critical avenues of investigation: identifying the genes that direct stem cells to become cancers or to develop into more specialized blood or organ cells, and developing chemical or genetic suppressors to cure cancers and many other devastating diseases.
Professor Zon is President of the International Society for Stem Cell Research, President of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, Head of the external investigators of the Zebrafish Genome Institution and Chairman of the Harvard Stem Cell Institutes Executive Committee.
He received a B.S. in chemistry and natural sciences from Muhlenberg College and an M.D. from Jefferson Medical College. He subsequently did an internal medicine residency at New England Deaconess Hospital and a fellowship in medical oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.