Lee Nadler, MD

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Lee Nadler, MD, Dean for Clinical and Translational Research

Lee M. Nadler is the Virginia and D.K. Ludwig Professor for Cancer Research and Teaching, the Dean for Clinical and Translational Research, and the Director of Harvard Catalyst at Harvard Medical School.  He is the Senior Vice President for Academic Integration and the Pan Mass Challenge Senior Investigator at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Dr. Nadler’s laboratory discovered the human B-cell specific molecules CD19, CD20, CD21 and CD22 and the costimulatory molecules B7-1 (CD80) and B7-2 (CD86). His translational experiments established our understanding of human B-cell differentiation and led to the worldwide immunologic classification of human B-cell leukemias and lymphomas. Similarly, he was the first to administer a monoclonal antibody to a human and to use monoclonal antibodies to improve the outcome of human stem cell transplantation. His discovery and characterization of the B1 molecule (CD20) led to the development of Rituxan that has significantly improved the survival of patients with lymphomas and other B-cell diseases throughout the world.

Dr. Nadler has been recognized with numerous awards for his pioneering efforts in the discovery and development of revolutionary treatments for cancer patients. He was the founding Chief of the Division of Hematologic Malignancies and founding Chair of the Department of Medical Oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He served as the first leader of the Center for Clinical and Translational Research at Dana-Farber. As Director of Harvard Catalyst, he and his colleagues have worked to bring investigators together as “One Harvard” to begin to solve major issues in human health.