The Medical Advisory Board counsels HHMI leadership on scientific programs. The board includes accomplished scientists and leaders of biomedical research institutions, who advise on:

  • long-range strategy for promoting biomedical research and science education;
  • proposals for new research programs, investigator competitions, and grants programs; 
  • scientific achievements and future potential of current investigators, including the evaluation of whether an investigator's term of appointment should be renewed;
  • review of candidates for HHMI research programs; and
  • other matters concerning research programs  and performance on which the president seeks counsel.


  • David Baltimore, PhD
    President Emeritus and
    Robert Andrews Millikan Professor of Biology
    California Institute of Technology
  • Mary C. Beckerle, PhD
    CEO and Director
    Huntsman Cancer Institute, University of Utah
  • J. Michael Bishop, MD
    Director and University Professor, G.W. Hooper Foundation
    University of California, San Francisco
  • Michael R. Botchan, PhD
    Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology
    Department of Molecular and Cell Biology
    Dean of Biological Sciences
    University of California, Berkeley
  • Gerald R. Fink, PhD
    Member, Whitehead Institute
    American Cancer Society Professor of Genetics
    Herman and Margaret Sokol Professor
    Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Carol W. Greider, PhD
    Daniel Nathans Professor and Director
    Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics
    The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Carol A. Gross, PhD
    Department of Microbiology & Immunology
    University of California San Francisco Medical Center
  • Peter S. Kim, PhD
    Member, Stanford ChEM-H
    Virginia and D.K. Ludwig Professor of Biochemistry
    Stanford University
  • Rowena G. Matthews, PhD
    G. Robert Greenberg Professor Emeritus of Biological Chemistry
    and Research Professor Emeritus
    Life Sciences Institute, University of Michigan
  • Eric N. Olson, PhD
    Professor & Chairman, Dept. of Molecular Biology
    University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
  • Bruce Stillman, PhD, FRS
    President and CEO
    Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
  • Craig B. Thompson, MD
    President and CEO
    Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Fiona Watt, PhD
    King's College London