Bruce Stillman, PHD
Bruce Stillman, PhD, president of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) and Director of the National Cancer Institute-designated CSHL Cancer Center, has been a cancer researcher at CSHL for 30 years. A native of Australia, Stillman received his PhD from the John Curtin School of Medical Research at the Australian National University. He came to CSHL as a Postdoctoral Fellow in 1979.
Stillman’s research focuses on how DNA is copied within cells before they divide in two. His laboratory is studying the mechanism that initiates the entire process of DNA replication. Errors in DNA replication and in the intricate, multistep process by which cells duplicate themselves occur in cancers.
Stillman has received many awards, including the Alfred P. Sloan, Jr. Prize from the General Motors Cancer Research Foundation in 2004, the American Cancer Society Basic Science Award from the Society of Surgical Oncology in 2006 and the Curtin Medal from the Australian National University in 2007.
In 1994, Stillman succeeded Nobel Laureate James D. Watson as Director of CSHL and was appointed President in 2003. Under Stillman’s leadership, CSHL has grown to more than 1,000 employees. Stillman is committed to keeping CSHL’s work on cancer and neurodevelopmental disorders at the cutting edge. Discoveries in basic science, he strongly believes, are the key to making significant diagnostic and therapeutic advances.