Stanford announces new president: neuroscience pioneer Marc Tessier-Lavigne

STANFORD — Stanford University on Thursday named a neuroscientist with stellar research and biotech credentials to be its 11th president, underscoring the university’s continued commitment to science. Marc Tessier-Lavigne, 56, has been a passionate advocate of scientific research during his five years as president at The Rockefeller University, a premier biomedical research and graduate education institution. He previously led research at the South San Francisco biotech company Genentech, now Roche. “I am absolutely humbled and grateful to join and lead Stanford University,” said Tessier-Lavigne at an afternoon news conference at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, calling the university “the apex of higher education.” He takes the helm Sept. 1 from John L. Hennessy, who announced last June that he will step down this summer after 16 years as president.…


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