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New Senior Faculty Join CSHL

This fall, the Lab welcomes six new faculty members. They’re a diverse group – a mix of junior and senior investigators, with research spanning across Biology. Want to know a little more? We’ll be featuring brief profiles all week. So check back for more!

Professor Adam Siepel, Chair of the Simons Center for Quantitative Biology

Adam Siepel recently joined CSHL as Professor and Chair of the Simons Center for Quantitative Biology. Here he is at the Kunming Institute of Zoology in Yunnan Province, China where he taught a workshop a few years ago.

Where are you from?

Cornell University in Ithaca, NY

 

What do you study?

Human population genomics. This means asking, for example, how long ago different populations diverged or looking for evolutionary signatures across populations. My lab is also interested in understanding what regulates transcription, or how genes are activated.

 

What motivates you?

Solving puzzles and capturing the fundamental essence of nature in math.

 

What most excites you about CSHL?

The culture of excellence and focus on biology. There are great people here, doing great work.

 

If you aren’t in the Lab, where can you be found?

With my wife and two kids – but if not there then on my bicycle.

 


 

Professor Douglas Fearon, Cancer

New CSHL Professor Doug Fearon is looking to harness the power of the immune system to fight cancer.

Where are you from?

The University of Cambridge, England

 

What do you study?

The interaction between the immune system and tumors. My goal is to develop an immunotherapy to treat cancer.

 

What motivates you?

I started out as a medical doctor, but I became disappointed. I realized that doctors rarely have the power to cure disease – they can only modify it in some way. My goal is to find cures.

 

What most excites you about CSHL?

The rigorous scientific environment and the commitment to originality.

 

If you aren’t in the Lab, where can you be found?

On the golf course.

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