Jim Haber is Professor of Biology and Director of the Rosenstiel Basic Medical Sciences Research Center at Brandeis University, in the Boston MA suburbs. He received his A.B. degree in Biochemical Sciences at Harvard College and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry at U.C. Berkeley. After postdoctoral training at the University of Wisconsin in Madison he joined the faculty at Brandeis University. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Microbiology and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
His lab has pioneered the real-time monitoring of the repair of double-strand chromosome breaks in yeast cells by using Southern blots, PCR and chromatin immunoprecipitation and has characterized many of the molecular steps in different mechanisms of double strand break repair by homologous recombination and nonhomologous end-joining. His lab also investigates the DNA damage response by which cells arrest mitosis when cells suffer a single chromosome break.