Arnold J. Levine

Professor Emeritus
School of Natural Sciences



Natural Sciences

Arnold Levine is a widely acclaimed leader in cancer research. In 1979, Levine and others discovered the p53 tumor suppressor protein, a molecule that inhibits tumor development. He established the Simons Center for Systems Biology at the Institute, concentrating on research at the interface of molecular biology and the physical sciences: on genetics and genomics, polymorphisms and molecular aspects of evolution, signal transduction pathways and networks, stress responses, and pharmacogenomics in cancer biology. Recognizing the potential of convergence research in the life sciences, Professor Levine has inaugurated a program of research collaborations, in partnership with Stand Up to Cancer, and others, that brings together quantitative scientists from theoretical physics, computer science, and mathematics, with biologists and clinicians, to develop novel approaches to solve important problems in cancer research. He also leads the NSF–sponsored Cancer Convergence Education Network, and focuses on fostering convergence research to produce fundamental insights in the areas of immunology and infectious diseases.

Dates at IAS

School of Natural Sciences
School of Natural Sciences
Visiting Professor
School of Natural Sciences


University of Pennsylvania
Harpur College, State University of New York


Awards: Lars Onsager Medal 2012; American Cancer Society, Medal of Honor 2009; Dart/NYU Biotechnology Achievement Award in Basic Biotechnology 2008; American Association for Cancer Research, Kirk A. Landon–AACR Prize for Basic Cancer Research 2008; Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research 2001; Keio University Medical Science Fund, Japan, Keio Medical Science Prize 2000; Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Biomedical Research 2000
Memberships: American Association for Cancer Research Academy; National Academy of Sciences; National Academy of Medicine


Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
The Rockefeller University
Professor and Head of Laboratory 2002, President and Chief Executive Officer and Robert Harriet Heilbrunn Professor of Cancer Biology 1998–2002
Princeton University
Harry C. Wiess Professor in the Life Sciences 1984–98, Chair of the Department of Molecular Biology 1984–96
Stony Brook University Medical Center School of Medicine
Chair of the Department of Microbiology and Professor
Princeton University
Professor 1976–79, Associate Professor 1973–76, Assistant Professor 1968–73