NEW YORK (AP) — A leading cancer researcher is leaving Harvard University to head the new cancer center at New York City's Weill Cornell Medical College and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.
Weill Cornell announced the appointment of Dr. Lewis Cantley on Thursday.
Cantley is a professor of systems biology at Harvard and director of the cancer center at Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. His appointment to Weill Cornell is effective Oct. 15.
Cantley earned his Ph.D. from Cornell and is credited with discovering a family of enzymes fundamental to understanding cancer.
Weill Cornell Dean Dr. Laurie Glimcher said that under Cantley's leadership, collaboration across disciplines will lead to new discoveries and cancer therapies.
The new cancer center headed by Cantley will add 50,000 square feet of research space to existing cancer facilities at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell.