Staff Profiles

Marc Tessier-Lavigne, Ph.D.

The Rockefeller University (Board Chair)

Marc Tessier-Lavigne is president of The Rockefeller University. Previously, he was Executive Vice President, Research, and Chief Scientific Officer at Genentech, where he oversaw all therapeutic area research. He and his colleagues pioneered the identification of molecules that direct the formation of connections among nerve cells to establish circuits in the brain and spinal cord during embryonic development. These mechanisms provide tools to assist regeneration of nerve connections following trauma or injury, including stroke and paralyzing injuries to the spinal cord. Dr. Tessier-Lavigne was born in Trenton, Canada. He received a B.Sc. in physics from McGill University and a B.A. in philosophy and physiology from Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He obtained his Ph.D. in physiology from University College London and performed postdoctoral work at the MRC Developmental Neurobiology Unit in London and at Columbia University. Dr. Tessier-Lavigne serves on the editorial boards of numerous scientific journals, including the board of reviewing editors of Science magazine. He is recipient or co-recipient of numerous awards, including the Ameritec Prize for contributions toward a cure for paralysis, the Fondation Ibsen Prize in Neuronal Plasticity, the Viktor Hamburger Award of the International Society for Developmental Neuroscience, the Wakeman Award for regeneration research, the Robert Dow Neuroscience Award, and the Reeve-Irvine Research Medal.