Arnold J. Levine
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.