Lewis Cantley, Ph.D. – VAI Seminar Series


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Lewis Cantley, Ph.D. – VAI Seminar Series

October 14, 2020 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

PI 3-kinase and cancer metabolism

Lewis Cantley, Ph.D., has made significant advances in cancer research stemming from his discovery of the signaling pathway phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) in 1984. The author of more than 400 original papers, 50 book chapters and review articles, Dr. Cantley is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the National Academy of Science, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, and the European life sciences academy EMBO. He graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in chemistry from West Virginia Wesleyan College (1971) and obtained a Ph.D. in biophysical chemistry from Cornell University (1975). He conducted postdoctoral research at Harvard University, where he was appointed assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology in 1978. He became a professor of physiology at Tufts University in 1985, but returned to Harvard Medical School as professor of cell biology in 1992. He became chief of Harvard’s new Division of Signal Transduction, and a founding member of its Department of Systems Biology in 2002. In 2007, he was appointed director of the Beth Israel Deaconess Cancer Center. He joined Weill Cornell Medicine as the Meyer Director of the Sandra and Edward Meyer Cancer Center in 2012. Among his accolades are the ASBMB Avanti Award for Lipid Research (1998); the Heinrich Wieland Preis for Lipid Research (2000); the Caledonian Prize from the Royal Society of Edinburgh (2002); the Pezcoller Foundation–AACR International Award for Cancer Research (2005); the Rolf Luft Award for Diabetes and Endocrinology Research from the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm (2009); the Pasarow Prize for Cancer Research (2011); the Breakthrough in Life Sciences Prize (2013); the Jacobaeus Prize for Diabetes Research from the Karolinska Institute (2013); the AACR Princess Takamatsu Memorial Lectureship (2015); the Ross Prize in Molecular Medicine (2015); the Canada Gairdner International Award (2015); the AACI Distinguished Scientist Award (2015); the Hope Funds Award of Excellence in Basic Science (2016); the Wolf Prize (2016); the NCI Outstanding Investigator Award (2016); the OncLive Giants of Cancer Care (2017); the Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize (2019); and the Dr. Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research (2020).

For more information about Dr. Cantley, please visit https://cantleylab.weill.cornell.edu/LabTeam

Speaker Information

Lewis Cantley, Ph.D.
Meyer Director, Sandra and Edward Meyer Cancer Center
Professor of Cancer Biology in Medicine
Joan & Sanford I. Weill Medical College of Cornell University

Time & Location

12:00 pm on Zoom

Registration is free but required. Please sign up here. After registering, you will receive an email with the Zoom link and passcode.

VAI Host: Ning Wu, Ph.D.


For questions, please contact Kim Cousineau at 616.234.5684.


October 14, 2020
12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT
Event Category:


MI United States