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Marc Tessier-Lavigne (2011-2016)

Marc-Tessier Lavigne

Scientific Profile
Laboratory of Brain Development and Repair

Marc Tessier-Lavigne was elected tenth president of The Rockefeller University by its Board of Trustees on September 8, 2010, following an international search. He began on March 16, 2011 and left to assume the presidency of Stanford University on September 1, 2016.

A world leader in the study of brain development, Dr. Tessier-Lavigne has pioneered the identification of the molecules that direct the formation of connections among nerve cells to establish neuronal circuits in the mammalian brain and spinal cord. The mechanisms he has identified are important for understanding how the human brain forms during normal development, and are increasingly being implicated in a variety of other processes, including vascular patterning and axonal regeneration following spinal cord injury, as well as neurodegeneration such as that seen in Alzheimer's disease.

A native of Trenton, Canada, Dr. Tessier-Lavigne obtained his Ph.D. from University College London and performed postdoctoral work at the MRC Developmental Neurobiology Unit in London and at Columbia University. He has been on the faculty of the University of California, San Francisco and Stanford University and has been a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. In 2003, Dr. Tessier-Lavigne joined Genentech, one of the world's leading biotech companies, where he oversaw 1,400 people in disease research and drug discovery as executive vice president and chief scientific officer.

He is the recipient of numerous scientific awards and is an elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the Royal Societies of the U.K. and Canada.

On February 4, 2016, it was announced that Marc Tessier-Lavigne would step down from his position to become the 11th president of Stanford University.


Marc Tessier-Lavigne (2011-2016)Scientific Profile Laboratory of Brain Development and RepairMarc Tessier-Lavigne was elected tenth president of The Rockefeller University by its Board of Trus