Marsha R. Rosner, Ph.D.


Marsha R Rosner earned a B.A. in biochemistry from Harvard University and her Ph.D. in biochemistry from MIT as a student of Professor Har-Gobind Khorana, a Nobel Prize Laureate. In 1982, she became an Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Applied Biological Sciences at MIT. In addition to the fellowship that she received from the American Cancer Society, Dr. Rosner received an MIT Endowed Fellowship, a Sloan Research Traineeship in Biophysics, an Institutional National Research Service Award, and a Research Award from the International Life Sciences Institute. Dr. Rosner joined the University of Chicago faculty as an Associate Professor in 1987 and was promoted to Full Professor in 1994. In 1994 she was named the first Chair of the Committee on Cancer Biology and built a degree-granting graduate program leading to the Ph.D. in Cancer Biology. Under Dr. Rosner's leadership, the Committee on Cancer Biology has become one of the most successful graduate programs within the Division of Biological Sciences at the University of Chicago. Dr. Rosner was appointed the Charles B. Huggins Professor and later became the Director of the Ben May Institute for Cancer Research and Chair of the newly formed Ben May Department for Cancer Research. She served as Departmental Chair for 13 years until 2013, and is currently a Fellow of the Institute for Molecular Engineering, the Institute for Genomics and Systems Biology, and the Committees on Cancer Biology, Developmental Biology. Systems Biology and Neurobiology at the University of Chicago.  Dr. Rosner has received several honors including appointment as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2011.

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