Timothy J. Mitchison, Ph.D., FRS.
Hasig Sabbag Professor of Systems Biology

Dr. Timothy J. Mitchison graduated from Merton College, Oxford, UK in 1980 with a B.A. in Biochemistry, and in 1984 received his Ph.D. from the University of California, San Francisco in Biochemistry and Biophysics. He was a Searle Scholar from 1989-1992; he received a Packard Research Fellowship in 1988-1993; and he was a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1997. Dr. Mitchison has worked for 20 years on the mechanism of cell division, and has made major discoveries on how the mitotic spindle is built, and how chromosomes move. He is also an expert in drug discovery. He led the Harvard Institute for Chemistry and Cell Biology for seven years where he focused on discovery of new drugs that block cell division, and development of new technology for drug discovery, notably automated microscopy. His laboratory is experienced with high throughput screening technology, and Mitchison advises a major pharmaceutical company on cell division drugs. He is now Deputy Chair of the new Department of Systems Biology, and chair of the steering committee for ICCB-Longwood, the Harvard Medical School facility for high-throughput screening of RNAi and small molecule libraries.