Leland H. Hartwell
Director, The Biodesign Institute
Sustainable Health Professor, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering
Virginia G. Piper Chair in Personalized Medicine, Arizona State University
For close to 30 years Professor Hartwell led a research team at the Department of Genetics, University of Washington and used cell biology and genetics to investigate how yeast cells Specifically, he discovered cell division cycle genes, which enable and guide the progression through cell division. a He introduced of the concept of cell cycle "checkpoints", which delay cell division when cellular defects are present. His work provided a better, deeper understanding of how cancer progresses and gives important clues as to how to stop the division of abnormal cells. In recognition of this research he received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2001.
From 1997-2010 Professor Hartwell was President and Director of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and joined the faculty of the Arizona State University in 2010. Since then his main focus has been on improving scientific education. With a small team he developed and is teaching Sustainability Science course for all pre-service K-8 Teachers. The hybrid course is organized by competencies and topic areas that address the issues of today while preparing new educators with tomorrow’s ways of thinking, while applying their knowledge to specific topics of sustainability like ecosystem services, fossil fuels, energy, population, and production.He also leads the HoneyBee program at ASU overseeing a series of small clinical trials using wearable devices to monitor physiological parameters in clinical patients for a variety of diseases. As Distinguished Faculty at Chang Gung University in Taiwan Professor Hartwell advises a Biosignatures Program seeking to discover biomarkers in oral cancer, colon cancer and other diseases and to implement wearable devices in clinical management.