Meet David Page, Ph.D.

David Page, M.D., Director, Whitehead Institute; Professor of Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
Dr. Page is distinguished for his mapping and cloning of the Y chromosome and for publishing the complete sequence of the Y chromosome. He founded the Whitehead Task Force on Genetics and Public Policy and is co-editor (with Matthew Scott) of Current Opinion in Genetics and Development and associate editor of the Annual Review of Human Genetics and Genomics. Dr. Page is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and also the Institute of Medicine. Page Lab at MIT

David Page has spent a career unraveling the odd history of the Y chromosome, its apparent loss of genes and its presumed fragility. Dr. Page appeared on SftPublic's Contemporary Science Issues and Innovations September 23, 2014 to discuss The Evolution of the Y Chromosome. He explains the Y chromosome's complex role in the evolution of life. He also considers the relationship between the Y chromosome and conditions that affect males disproportionately, such as autism. This is an important emerging area of research that we will hear more about in the future.

Selected Awards

  • MacArthur Foundation Prize Fellowship (1986)
  • Searle Scholar’s Award (1989)
  • Science magazine’s Top 10 Scientific Advances of the Year (1992)
  • Amory Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1997)
  • Curt Stern Award from the American Society of Human Genetics (2003