Horvitz recalls the “aha!” moment when he realized that his lab’s work on programmed cell death, or apoptosis, in C. elegans was relevant to cancer in humans. This finding solidified his belief that the fundamental principles of biology are likely conserved across most species.
Robert Horvitz is a Professor in the Biology Department, the McGovern Institute for Brain Research, and the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. Horvitz studies the development and behavior of C. elegans. His pioneering studies led to the identification of… Continue Reading