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Robert Horvitz

Professor Robert Horvitz ForMemRS

Foreign Member

Elected: 2009


H. Robert Horvitz received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2002. He is the David H. Koch Professor of Biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Neurobiologist at the Massachusetts General Hospital; and a Member of the MIT McGovern Institute for Brain Research and the MIT Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research.

Robert received S. B. degrees in mathematics and economics from MIT. He performed his PhD studies at Harvard University with James Watson and Walter Gilbert. Robert was a postdoctoral fellow with Sydney Brenner at the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, United Kingdom. He joined the faculty of the Department of Biology at MIT in 1978 and became Professor in 1986.

He is a former President of the Genetics Society of America. Robert has served on many editorial boards, visiting committees and advisory committees and has received numerous awards and honours. He has been a consultant to companies in the field of biomedicine.

Professional positions

Professor of Biology, Department of Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Nominations Committee Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Executive Committee, Coalition for the Life Sciences
Member, David H Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Consultant, Epizyme
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Council, Institute of Medicine
Board Observer, KEW Group
Neurobiologist, Massachusetts General Hospital
Member, McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Scientific Advisory Board, Mitokyne
Chair, Medical & Scientific Advisory Board, MPM Capital
Scientific Advisory Board, Novartis Institutes For BioMedical Research (Cambridge), Novartis International AG
Board Observer, PureTech Ventures
Chair, Board of Trustees, Society for Science and the Public
Advisor, The Gairdner Foundation

Interests and expertise

Subject groups


Basic cancer research, Caenorhabditis elegans, Developmental biology, Genetics, Neurodegenerative diseases, Neuroscience


  • Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

    Jointly with Sydney Brenner and John E. Sulston for their discoveries concerning genetic regulation of organ development and programmed cell death.