Ronald DePinho

Ronald DePinho, M.D.

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center


A native of the Bronx, N.Y., DePinho earned a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences in 1977 from Fordham University, where he graduated summa cum laude as class salutatorian. He received his medical degree with distinction in microbiology and immunology in 1981 from Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Prior to joining MD Anderson, DePinho spent 14 years at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School in Boston. He was founding director of the Belfer Institute for Applied Cancer Science at Dana-Farber, a professor in the Department of Medicine (genetics) at Harvard and an American Cancer Society Research Professor.

DePinho’s independent scientific career began at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, where he was the Feinberg Senior Scholar in Cancer Research and where he held numerous faculty positions over 10 years there. He established the first National Cancer Institute-supported shared transgenic and gene targeting facility at the college, which enabled his laboratory and many other researchers to model and study the genetic basis of cancer and other complex diseases.