Douglas Lauffenburger

Ford Professor of Bioengineering, Departments of Biological Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Biology

Douglas Lauffenburger is the Ford Professor of Bioengineering in MIT’s Department of Biological Engineering. His lab focuses on fundamental aspects of cell dysregulation, complemented by translational efforts in identifying and testing new therapeutic ideas. Applications addressed have chiefly resided in various types of cancer (including breast, colon, lung, and pancreatic cancers along with leukemias and lymphomas), inflammatory pathologies (such as endometriosis, Crohn’s disease, colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, and Alzheimer’s disease), and the immune system (mainly for vaccines against pathogens such as HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis). Lauffenburger earned a BS in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a PhD from the University of Minnesota.