Stanley N. Cohen, M.D.

Director, Co-founder

Stanley N. Cohen is the Kwoh-Ting Li Professor of Genetics and Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. Dr. Cohen and his colleague Herbert W. Boyer revolutionized the disciplines of biology and chemistry in 1973 with their discovery of methods to transplant and clone genes, and they are the inventors on the Stanford-UCSF patents underlying much of the field of biotechnology, licensed to over 470 companies. More recent work carried out by Dr. Cohen, in collaboration with the laboratory of Dr. T.H. Cheng, has focused on RNA transcription and mechanisms that underlie diseases caused by nucleotide repeat expansion in human genes. Among Dr. Cohen’s awards are the National Medal of Science, the National Medal of Technology, the Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research, the Wolf Prize in Medicine, the Lemelson-MIT Prize, and the Shaw Prize in Life Science and Medicine. Dr. Cohen has served as an advisor to governmental agencies, foundations, investment funds, universities and industry. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the U.S. National Academy of Medicine, and the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Dr. Cohen received his B.S. from Rutgers University and his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.