A biologist who has helped shape U.S. science priorities and who helped discover the p53 tumor suppressor protein.
Arnie J. Levine is currently a professor emeritus at The Simons Center for Systems Biology at The Institute for Advanced Study, which he founded. Previously, Arnie served as president of The Rockefeller University. He also presided over a major expansion of Princeton’s life sciences programs as chairman of the department of molecular biology. Arnie was among the team that discovered the p53 tumor suppressor protein, a molecule that inhibits tumor development. He helped shape U.S. science priorities as chairman of an influential 1996 review panel on federal AIDS research funding. Arnie has also chaired the National Cancer Advisory Board, which advises the National Academy of Sciences and its Institute of Medicine on cancer policy. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1991 and to its Institute of Medicine in 1995. In April 2001, Arnie received the first Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research, the largest annual prize in science or medicine offered in the United States. He received his B.A. in biology from Harpur College at Binghamton University and his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.