Frederick National Laboratory Names Leonard P. Freedman, PhD, Chief Science Officer

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Leonard P. Freedman, PhD
Photo credit: Judy Licht

Leonard P. Freedman, PhD Photo credit: Judy Licht

Leonard P. Freedman, PhD, has been named Chief Science Officer at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research. He joins the Frederick National Laboratory after 6 years as Founding President of the Global Biological Standards Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing life science standards and best practices through policy initiatives, thought leadership, and education.

Previously, Dr. Freedman was a member and Professor of Cell Biology and Genetics at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Weill Cornell Medical College. There, Dr. Freedman and his laboratory made decisive discoveries in the area of nuclear hormone receptor structure and function. He also served as Vice Dean for Research and Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University. In addition, Dr. Freedman served on the Board of Directors of the American Type Culture Collection.

As Chief Science Officer, Dr. Freedman will provide internal scientific leadership while building external partnerships and collaborations in science and technology development. His focus is on translating science into medicine to benefit patients with AIDS, cancer, and emerging health challenges.

“I am extremely excited to join an incredible team doing amazing science and supporting the important mission that affects so many people,” Dr. Freedman said.

Research Honors

Dr. Freedman has received numerous National Institutes of Health grants and was the recipient of several research honors, including the Boyer Award for Biomedical Research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and a MERIT award from the National Institutes of Health. He was also the recipient of the Ernst Oppenheimer Award from The Endocrine Society.

Dr. Freedman earned his PhD in molecular genetics from the University of Rochester. He completed his postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco.