Professor Inder Verma, Ph.D
American Cancer Society Professor of Molecular Biology
Irwin and Joan Jacobs Chair in Exemplary Life Science
Professor Inder Verma’s research involves the application of viral vectors and gene editing to study the pathways that underlie cancer and other diseases. Verma was the first scientist to genetically engineer HIV-based tools to insert genes into cells, a tool now routinely used in molecular biology labs and clinical trials around the world. He used the Lentiviral vector technique to demonstrate that glioblastoma could originate from several types of nervous system cells, challenging previously held beliefs. His work now focuses on determining new targets to treat glioblastoma.
Professor Inder Verma’s research is involved in the creation of induced pluripotent stem cells from patients, to trace how genetic abnormalities lead to cancer. With these tools, Verma is revealing how the abnormal expression of normal cellular genes causes tumours.
Having received his PhD in biochemistry from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, Professor Inder Verma did his postdoctoral work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He joined the Salk Institute in 1974 and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences (US) in 1997. Professor Verma is also member of the National Academy of Medicine, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Philosophical Society, fellow for the American Association for Cancer Research, Member Third World Academy of Science, and Foreign Associate of the Indian National Academy. He was appointed Editor-in-Chief for the Proceedings for the National Academy of Sciences in 2011 and has published over 400 peer-reviewed papers.
Professor Inder Verma has received numerous awards for his research, including the Robert J and Claire Pasarow Award for Cancer Research, Spectator Prize, American Society of Gene Therapy’s Outstanding Achievement Award, the Vilcek Foundation Prize in Biomedical Science and the Cozzarelli Prize.
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