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The Mortimer B. Zuckerman Research Center (ZRC)

In 1945, philanthropist Alfred P. Sloan, Jr., and engineer Charles F. Kettering founded the Sloan Kettering Institute (SKI) on New York City’s Upper East Side, with the vision of harnessing the latest research techniques in order to conquer cancer. This goal endures today.

As the experimental research arm of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, SKI is focused on the pursuit of fundamental scientific discoveries. The institute’s philosophy is that the best way to fuel progress in cancer treatment is to support scientists as they explore the unknown.

SKI is distinguished by its:

  • world-renowned faculty
  • cutting-edge technological resources
  • relatively small size and open academic community
  • extensive collaboration between scientists and clinicians 

SKI exists as a distinct entity within the larger community of scholars, clinicians, and researchers that make up MSK. SKI hosts more than 100 laboratory investigators, 400 postdoctoral research fellows (including clinical fellows), and 300 PhD and MD/PhD graduate students. The institute enjoys a close relationship with neighbors Weill Cornell Medicine and The Rockefeller University.

Over the course of its 70-year history, SKI has produced many advances in our understanding of biology and medicine. SKI scientists have discovered cancer-related genes, unraveled signaling pathways that control cell growth and division, and identified the cell types involved in mounting and repressing immune responses. SKI research has also been a driver of clinical advances in cancer treatment, from chemotherapy to targeted therapy to immunotherapy.

SKI scientists are leaders in their fields. Many are members of the National Academies of Science and Medicine. Many are Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators. They are the recipients of numerous awards and honors.

Kathryn Adnerson
Kathryn V. Anderson

Chair, Developmental Biology Program, SKI

Pictured: Samuel Danishefsky
Samuel Danishefsky

Emeritus

Pictured: Maria Jasin
Maria Jasin
Pictured: Thomas Kelly
Thomas J. Kelly

Benno S. Schmidt Chair of Cancer Research; Member, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; Professor, Weill Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Cornell University

Scott Lowe
Scott W. Lowe

Chair, Cancer Biology & Genetics Program, SKI; Chair, Geoffrey Beene Cancer Research Center

Pictured: Paul Marks
Paul A. Marks

Emeritus

Joan Massagué, PhD
Joan Massagué

Executive Director, GMTEC; Director, Sloan Kettering Institute; Member, Cancer Biology & Genetics Program

Luis Parada
Luis F. Parada

Director, Brain Tumor Center; Albert C. Foster Chair; American Cancer Society Research Professor

Pictured: Dinshaw Patel
Dinshaw Patel
Pictured: Dr. Nikola Pavletich
Nikola P. Pavletich
pictured: Mark Ptashne
Mark S. Ptashne
Alexander Rudensky, PhD
Alexander Rudensky

Chair, Immunology Program, SKI; Director, Ludwig Center at MSK

Pictured: Craig Thompson
Craig B. Thompson

President and CEO, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Kathryn Adnerson
Kathryn V. Anderson

Chair, Developmental Biology Program, SKI

Pictured: Maria Jasin
Maria Jasin
Pictured: Alexandra Joyner
Alexandra Joyner
Pictured: Thomas Kelly
Thomas J. Kelly

Benno S. Schmidt Chair of Cancer Research; Member, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; Professor, Weill Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Cornell University

Pictured: Steven Larson
Steven M. Larson
Pictured: Paul Marks
Paul A. Marks

Emeritus

Joan Massagué, PhD
Joan Massagué

Executive Director, GMTEC; Director, Sloan Kettering Institute; Member, Cancer Biology & Genetics Program

Pictured: Kenneth Offit
Kenneth Offit
Luis Parada
Luis F. Parada

Director, Brain Tumor Center; Albert C. Foster Chair; American Cancer Society Research Professor

Pictured: Dr. Nikola Pavletich
Nikola P. Pavletich
Alexander Rudensky, PhD
Alexander Rudensky

Chair, Immunology Program, SKI; Director, Ludwig Center at MSK

Pictured: Craig Thompson
Craig B. Thompson

President and CEO, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

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