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Harold Varmus

Macaulay Honors College
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Dr. Harold Varmus, M.D., is a co-recipient of the Nobel Prize for studies of the genetic basis of cancer. He teaches Science and Society at Macaulay.

Prof. Varmus served as Director of the National Cancer Institute from 2010-2015 after ten years as President of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and six years as Director of the National Institutes of Health.

He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine and is involved in several initiatives to promote science and health in developing countries.

The author of over 350 scientific papers and five books, including a memoir, The Art and Politics of Science, Prof. Varmus was a co-chair of President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, a co-founder and Chairman of the Board of the Public Library of Science, and former chair of the Scientific Board of the Gates Foundation Grand Challenges in Global Health.

Professor Harold Varmus with students and Dean Pearl
Professor Harold Varmus with students and Dean Pearl