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Robert Darnell
Works at NY Genome Center
Attended Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Lives in New York
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Physician-Scientist
Employment
  • NY Genome Center
    President, 2012 - present
  • Rockefeller University
    Professor, 1992 - present
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute
    Investigator, 2002 - present
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New York
Previously
New York, NY - St. Louis, MO - Paris, France - Boston, MA - Bethesda, MD
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Molecular neuroscientist, neurologist and liberal idealist
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Informal:  
I'm a physician-scientist interested in RNA, HITS-CLIP, Neurologic disease, Neuro-oncology, 
high throughput genomics, 
liberal politics, cello, my wife, my kids, triathlon training, trying to figure out in which order

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Robert B. Darnell, M.D., Ph.D., is the Robert and Harriet Heilbrunn Professor of Cancer Biology at Rockefeller University in New York City and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Center. In November 2012 he was named President and Scientific Director of the NY Genome Center. His is also an active physician, both as Director for Science Programs at the Center for Clinical and Translational Research for the Rockefeller University Hospital, where he is Senior Physician, and at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in NY, where he is an adjunct Attending Neuro-Oncologist. Dr. Darnell is a leading expert in the study of paraneoplastic neurologic syndromes, rare disorders triggered by an immune system response to common cancers. His patient-oriented studies led him to discover that neurons have unique mechanisms governing the regulation of RNA, the transcribed copies of our genes.  He went on to pioneer the development of HITS-CLIP, a method to study RNA regulation in intact cells and tissues, now a gold standard being widely applied in neurobiology, cancer biology, immunology and virology, and to explore the “dark matter” of the human genome.  In 2010, Dr. Darnell was elected member of the Institute of Medicine, member of the Association of American Physicians and Fellow of the AAAS. Dr. Darnell currently serves on the Board of Scientific Councilors of the Jackson Laboratory and the NINDS Advisory Council, and among numerous awards, in 2012 received an NIH Directors Transformative Research Award.
Bragging rights
I played Bobby Fischer in chess and lasted 42 moves
Education
  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
    Neuro-Oncology, 1990 - 1992
  • Weill Medical College of Cornell University
    Neurology, 1987 - 1990
  • Mt. Sinai School of Medicine
    Internal Medicine, 1985 - 1987
  • Washington University in St. Louis
    MD/PhD, 1979 - 1985
  • Columbia University
    BA Biology and Chemistry, 1975 - 1979
  • Mamaroneck High School
    Chess and Bridge, 1971 - 1975
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