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Robert B. Darnell, MD, PhD
Investigator / 2002–Present

Scientific Discipline

Medicine and Translational Research, Neuroscience

Institution

The Rockefeller University

Current Position

Dr. Darnell is also Robert and Harriet Heilbrunn Professor in Cancer Biology at the Rockefeller University.

Current Research

Molecular Neuro-oncology

Robert Darnell uses high throughput sequencing and other techniques to investigate the proteins that regulate RNA and thereby affect gene expression. He became interested in these RNA-binding factors through his work on a group of rare brain disorders, and his interests have since expanded to neuron-specific RNA-binding proteins in the mammalian brain and in human disease.
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Biography

Dr. Darnell is also Robert and Harriet Heilbrunn Professor in Cancer Biology at the Rockefeller University; Head of the Laboratory of Molecular Neuro-oncology, also at Rockefeller; Director for Science Programs, Rockefeller University…

Dr. Darnell is also Robert and Harriet Heilbrunn Professor in Cancer Biology at the Rockefeller University; Head of the Laboratory of Molecular Neuro-oncology, also at Rockefeller; Director for Science Programs, Rockefeller University Hospital; and holds appointments at Weill Medical College of Cornell University and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He is also President and Scientific Director, New York Genome Center.

Dr. Darnell received his undergraduate degree in biology and chemistry at Columbia University and his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Washington University School of Medicine. He trained in internal medicine at Mount Sinai Medical School in New York and in neurology at Cornell University Medical School. Among numerous awards, he has received the Derek Denny-Brown Neurological Scholar Award, the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Clinical Scientist Award in Translational Research, and the NIH Director’s Transformative Research Award.

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Education

  • BA, biology and chemistry, Columbia University
  • MD, Washington University School of Medicine
  • PhD, molecular biology, Washington University School of Medicine

Awards

  • NIH Director’s Transformative Research Award
  • Derek Denny-Brown Neurological Scholar Award, American Neurological Association
  • Burroughs Wellcome Fund Clinical Scientist Award in Translational Research
  • Neuron Innovator Award, Gene Expression Systems
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Memberships

  • National Academy of Sciences
  • National Academy of Medicine
  • The Harvey Society
  • Henry G. Kunkel Society
  • American Neurological Association
  • Association of American Physicians
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellow
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