Dr. Rudolph Tanzi is the Vice-Chair of Neurology and Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School.
Tanzi received his B.S. (microbiology) and B.A. (history) at the University of Rochester in 1980, and his Ph.D. (neurobiology) at Harvard Medical School in 1990. His research achievements include serving on the team that discovered the Huntington’s, Wilson’s, and other such disease genes. He is well-known as the co-discoverer of all three early-onset familial Alzheimer’s disease genes, an area of study in which he continues important work today.
Additionally, Tanzi has published over 500 research papers and received the highest awards in his field, as well as the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award, the top national award for invention and innovation. He serves on various editorial and scientific advisory boards and was named to TIME magazine’s list of TIME100 Most Influential People in the World (2015). He co-authored the popular trade books “Decoding Darkness,” a New York Times bestseller, “Super Brain,” and international bestseller “Super Genes”.