Scott A. Gerber, PhD
Scott A. Gerber, PhD, has been named the Kenneth E. and Carol L. Weg Distinguished Professor at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College. Dr. Gerber is the first to hold this newly established professorship. Dr. Gerber is Professor of Molecular and Systems Biology and of Biochemistry and Cell Biology at Geisel and Program Director of the Cancer Biology and Therapeutics Research Program at Dartmouth’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center.
An expert in mass spectrometry and proteomics, Dr. Gerber focuses his research on how and why cancer cells rewire signaling pathways for their own survival. Using mass spectrometry to study how proteins communicate with each another, Dr. Gerber seeks to identify new therapeutic targets for cancer.
The Kenneth E. and Carol L. Weg Distinguished Professorship was established through a generous gift from Kenneth and Carol Weg. For more than 30 years, Ken and Carol Weg have been on the front lines of cancer treatment and prevention, both personally and professionally. A member of the Dartmouth Class of 1960, Ken is a former Vice Chairman at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, where his 33-year career was marked by a major commitment to the pharmaceutical company’s oncology business. Since his retirement in 2001, his passion for advancing cancer research, prevention, and treatment has not diminished, and Carol is equally devoted to this cause. As a result, they funded the professorship to support teaching and research in cancer at -Geisel to further the school’s commitment to maintaining an excellent faculty and interdisciplinary learning environment.
Dr. Gerber joined the faculty of Geisel and the Norris Cancer Center in 2006. He received his PhD in chemistry from the University of Washington and completed his postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School. The recipient of more than 15 grants from the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Gerber holds or has held leadership or membership positions in several national professional societies, including the U.S. Human Proteome Organization, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the International Human Proteome Organization, the American Society for Mass Spectrometry, and the American Chemical Society. ■