Dafna Bar-Sagi, PhD, was named senior vice president and vice dean for science, chief scientific officer of NYU Langone Medical Center in summer 2011. She is also a professor of biochemistry.
One of the country’s leading cancer biologists, Dr. Bar-Sagi is widely known for elucidating cellular pathways involved in controlling cell growth. She has published more than 100 peer-reviewed research papers in leading journals on the molecular mechanisms underlying tumor development, devoting considerable research to ras proteins, essential control elements of molecular machineries that drive the neoplastic process in many human cancers.
Prior to joining the Medical Center in 2006 as chair of the Department of Biochemistry, Dr. Bar-Sagi headed the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook. She earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees from Bar-Ilan University, Israel, and her PhD from SUNY at Stony Brook.
Dr. Bar-Sagi’s primary responsibilities are to develop strategies for building science at the institution, developing and refining administrative structures, including enhancing core facilities and support services, and serving as an advocate for research within the Medical Center and externally. She oversees all basic science research, collaborative science, the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, the Center for Health Information and Bioinformatics, and all science operations and services, including the Office of Research Education, the Institutional Review Board, Sponsored Programs Administration, Office of Clinical Trials, Office of Industrial Liaison, Department of Laboratory and Animal Research, IACUC, Institutional Biosafety Committee. She jointly manages research IT, space allocation, finance, and research compliance.