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James Rothman Named Chief Scientific Advisor at VR Laboratories
Date:11/8/2011

umbia University, where he currently is the Clyde and Helen Wu Professor of Chemical Biology and director of Columbia University's Judith P. Sulzberger, MD Genome Center. He also founded and chaired the Department of Cellular Biology and Biophysics at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, which he joined in 1991 as the Paul Marks Chair and where he also served as vice-chairman of Sloan-Kettering.

Rothman has also served extensively in industry. In addition to his role at VR Laboratories, he is the Senior Scientific Advisor for Biomedical Research at GE's Global Research Center. From 2003-2007 he was the Chief Scientist of GE's Healthcare division and its predecessor company Amersham Biosciences. He has served on or chaired Scientific Advisory Boards at Eli Lilly, Johnson & Johnson, ARIAD Pharmaceuticals (which he co-founded), and Merck, and was a strategic consultant to the chairman of R&D at Genentech and at GSK.

Rothman has received numerous awards and honors in recognition of this work. These include the King Faisal International Prize for Science of Saudi Arabia (1996), the Gairdner Foundation International Award for Biomedical research of Canada (1996), the Lounsbery Award of the National Academy of Sciences for Biomedical Research (1997), the Heineken Foundation Prize for Biochemistry of the Netherlands Academy of Sciences (2000), the Lasker Award for Basic Biomedical Research (2002), and the Kavli Prize for Neuroscience (2010). He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences (1993) and the Institute of Medicine (1995).

Rothman is renowned for his scientific discoveries in the area of membrane fusion, which is of fundamental importance in the study of cancer, diabetes and diseases of the central nervous system. Membrane fusion is currently the target for the next generation of drugs to control AIDS. His current research is on the biophysics and physiologic regulation of membrane fusion, to which he is applying high-throughp
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