Loren Walensky Bio, WIki
Loren D. Walensky is a Pediatric Oncologist, Cancer Chemical Biologist, and Director of the Harvard/MIT MD-PhD Program. He is also best known for being the husband of Rochelle Walensky, an American medical scientist who is the chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital and a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. Walensky is an expert on AIDS and HIV. She has been selected to lead the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the Biden administration, replacing Robert R. Redfield.
NEW: Joe Biden has selected Rochelle Walensky to run the CDC. pic.twitter.com/cRAtOtrAqr
— United for The People (@people4kam) December 7, 2020
Loren Walensky Education
Walensky graduated as valedictorian from Princeton University in 1990, majoring in Chemistry (laboratory of Edward Taylor, PhD) and receiving a Certificate in Science Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He went on to receive his MD and PhD (laboratory of Solomon Snyder, MD) from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1997.
He trained in pediatrics at the Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics. He completed a fellowship in pediatric hematology/oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Children’s Hospital Boston, where his postdoctoral research in cancer chemical biology was jointly mentored by Gregory Verdine, PhD of Harvard University and the late Stanley Korsmeyer, MD of Dana-Farber. Walensky joined the Dana-Farber and Harvard Medical School faculty as Instructor of Pediatrics in 2003, founded his independent research laboratory in 2006, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2011.
Loren Walensky Work
Loren D. Walensky, MD, PhD is a Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, Principal Investigator and Attending Physician in the Department of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Children’s Hospital Boston, and Director of the Harvard/MIT MD-PhD Program.
He serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Cancer Biology at Dana-Farber and is affiliated with the graduate programs in Biological and Biomedical Sciences, and Chemical Biology at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Walensky’s work contributed to the founding of Aileron Therapeutics in Cambridge, MA. The company’s first-in-class stapled peptide drug to reactivate p53 in cancer, developed based on Dr. Walensky’s research, is currently being evaluated in Phase I clinical trials.
Loren Walensky Wife and Children
Walensky married Rochelle Walensky also a physician and scientist. They have been married for 25 years and have three sons. They are Jewish and members of Temple Emanuel in Newton, Massachusetts.
The Biden transition announced Walensky’s presumptive nomination as CDC director on December 7, 2020. Doctors and public health experts widely praised the choice.
The love of my life for 25 years and counting @RWalensky has been nominated to lead @CDCgov at this critical moment. I am so grateful to @JoeBiden @KamalaHarris and @Transition46 for their faith in this truly remarkable woman. She will work tirelessly to protect & save lives.
— Loren Walensky (@LorenWalensky) December 7, 2020