David A. Williams, MD
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Harvard Medical School
An internationally renowned researcher, Dr. Williams' work focuses on blood stem cell biology, leukemia, and gene therapy to correct genetic blood disorders. He has won numerous prestigious awards for his research, including: the E. Mead Johnson Award for Research in Pediatrics; the William Dameshek Award of the American Society of Hematology; the Samuel Rosenthal Prize for Excellence in Pediatrics; the Frank Oski Award of the Society of Hematology; the Donald Metcalf Award from the International Society of Experimental Hematology. He is the recipient of the American Society of Gene and cell Therapy’s Outstanding Achievement Award for his work in gene therapy in 2012. Dr. Williams is has recently served on the Joint Oversight Committee of the Translational Research Training in Hematology program of the American Society of Hematology/European Hematology Association. And he is a councilor for the American Society of Hematology. Dr. Williams was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator for 16 years, is currently a member of the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine, and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His laboratory has been continuously funded by the NIH since 1986.
Dr. Williams originally trained in hematology/oncology at Boston Children’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. During his fellowship research at the MIT Cancer Center and the Whitehead Institute, he developed techniques that allowed for the introduction of genes into murine and human hematopoietic cells. Those techniques are still commonly utilized today. Dr. Williams has multiple patents, several of which have been licensed to pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms. Prior to rejoining Children’s in December 2007, he was at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) where he was founding director of the Division of Experimental Hematology, attending physician in Hematology/Oncology in the Department of Pediatrics, and associate chair for Translational Research.
Dr. Williams has mentored over forty post-doctoral fellows, most of whom continue in academic careers with laboratories of their own. Several trainees are now in the Biotech and Pharmaceutical industry.