Edison Liu, president and CEO
Get to know our president and CEO, Dr. Edison Liu.
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Edison Liu, president and CEO of The Jackson Laboratory, is an international leader in cancer biology, genomics, human genetics and molecular epidemiology. He is the founding executive director of the Genome Institute of Singapore, building it in less than 10 years from a staff of three into a major research institute of 27 laboratory groups and a staff of 270.
Born in Hong Kong in 1952, Liu obtained his B.S. in chemistry and psychology, as well as his M.D., at Stanford University. He served his internship and residency at Washington University's Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, followed by an oncology fellowship at Stanford. From 1982 to 1987 he was at the University of California, San Francisco, first in a hematology fellowship at Moffitt Hospital and then as a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Nobel Laureate J. Michael Bishop, while also serving as an instructor in the School of Medicine.
From 1987 to 1996 he worked at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as an assistant professor in medicine and oncology at the School of Medicine, and rose to full professor directing the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center's Specialized Program of Research Excellence in Breast Cancer. He was also the director of the Laboratory of Molecular Epidemiology at UNC's School of Public Health, chief of medical genetics, and chair of the Correlative Science Committee of the national cooperative clinical trials group, CALGB. At UNC, Liu held faculty positions in the departments of medicine, epidemiology, biochemistry and biophysics, and in the curriculum in genetics.