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Jonathan S. Weissman, PhD

Professor of Biology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Professor and Member at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research.

Jonathan S. Weissman is the Landon T. Clay Professor of Biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a member of the Whitehead Institute, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. From 1996 to 2020, he was a faculty member in the department of Cellular Molecular Pharmacology at the University of California, San Francisco.

Weissman’s research team studies how cells ensure that proteins fold into their correct shape, as well as the role of protein misfolding in disease and normal physiology. The team also develops experimental and analytical approaches for exploring the organizational principles of biological systems and globally monitoring protein translation through ribosome profiling. A broad goal of his work is to bridge large-scale approaches and in depth mechanistic investigations to reveal the information encoded within genomes.

Weissman has been a member of the National Academy of Sciences since 2009.

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