Scientific Advisory Board

Jeffrey Ravetch, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Jeffrey Ravetch is a Theresa and Eugene M. Lang Professor and head of the Leonard Wagner Laboratory of Molecular Genetics and Immunology at The Rockefeller University. He is a leading expert in antibody-mediated effector mechanisms and immune regulation, and contributed to the discovery of the key mechanisms by which Fc receptors operate. His current research focuses on the cellular and molecular mechanisms of how healthy immune cells are made to respond to specific antibodies and how a dysfunctional immune system attacks the body’s own tissues. Dr. Ravetch received his Ph.D. from Rockefeller University, his M.D. from Cornell University Medical College, and completed his postdoctoral research at the National Institutes of Health in the Laboratory of Molecular Genetics. He later joined the faculty at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Cornell University Medical College before joining The Rockefeller University.

Richard A. Lerner, M.D.

Dr. Lerner is Professor and President of The Scripps Research Institute, the largest private, non-profit scientific research organization in the United States. The Scripps Research Institute has recently announced plans to establish a major science center in Palm Beach County, Florida, focusing on biomedical research, technology development, and drug design. Dr. Lerner graduated from Northwestern University and Stanford Medical School and received his postdoctoral training at Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation in experimental pathology. Since 1970 he has held staff appointments at both the Wistar Institute in Philadelphia and the Scripps Research Institute. Richard A. Lerner has been widely recognized by numerous prestigious societies and organizations in the U.S. and abroad. Dr. Lerner was elected Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and is a member of the National Academy of Science.