Matthew Vander Heiden, MD, PhD

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Matthew Vander Heiden, M.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Associate Director of the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research.  He is also an HHMI Faculty Scholar, an Institute Member of the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, and an Instructor of Medicine at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School.  Dr. Vander Heiden received his M.D. and Ph.D. degree from the University of Chicago.  He also completed clinical training in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital / Dana-Farber Cancer Institute prior to completing a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School.  His laboratory studies how metabolism is regulated to meet the needs of cells in different physiological situations.  A major focus of his research is the role of metabolism in cancer, and particularly how metabolic pathways support cancer cell proliferation and survival. Using a combination of biochemistry, molecular biology and mouse models, the aim of the Vander Heiden laboratory is to understand how metabolism influences different stages of tumor biology with a goal to improve cancer treatment in the clinic.