Scott W. Lowe, PhD, Chair of the Cancer Biology and Genetics Program at the Sloan Kettering Institute (SKI), Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, and Chair of the Geoffrey Beene Cancer Research Center, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), one of the highest honors bestowed upon scientists worldwide.
Dr. Lowe was recognized by the academy for his pioneering work in the characterization of tumor suppressor gene networks and their involvement in carcinogenesis, therapeutic resistance, and cellular senescence.
About Dr. Lowe
Dr. Lowe, Chair of the Cancer Biology and Genetics Program at SKI is an expert on the processes that naturally inhibit cancer development. Dr. Lowe joined MSK in 2011 after working at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory for more than 15 years.
As a cancer biologist, Dr. Lowe uses genetically engineered mouse models to study how the genetic alterations in cancer cells contribute to tumorigenesis, alter treatment response, and create molecular vulnerabilities that may be targeted therapeutically.
About the National Academy of Medicine
Election to the academy is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.
New members are elected by current members through a process that recognizes individuals who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care, and public health. A diversity of talent among NAM’s membership is assured by its Articles of Organization, which stipulate that at least one-quarter of the membership is selected from fields outside the health professions — for example, engineering and the law, social sciences, and humanities. The newly elected members bring NAM’s total membership to more than 2,200 and the number of international members to approximately 180.
Established as the Institute of Medicine by the National Academy of Sciences in 1970, the National Academy of Medicine addresses critical issues in health, science, medicine, and related policy and inspires positive actions across sectors. NAM works alongside the National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Engineering to provide independent, objective analysis and advice to the nation and conduct other activities to solve complex problems and inform public policy decisions. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine also encourage education and research, recognize outstanding contributions to knowledge, and increase public understanding. With their election, NAM members make a commitment to volunteer their service in the National Academies’ activities.