David E. Housman, PhD, is Chairman of the FSH Society’s Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) and is also Ludwig Professor of Biology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Professor Housman received his BA and PhD from Brandeis University in 1966 and 1971, respectively. He is a member of both the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.
Professor Housman’s research focuses on the identification and characterization of genes involved in human diseases. He and his colleagues have developed a rapid genotyping technology to determine the genetic roots of neurodegenerative disease, cancer, and cardiovascular disease. Professor Housman is interested in developing a system that can be used to qualify drug candidates before they are advanced to expensive clinical trials.