September 14, 2019

David Page, MD

David Page, MD, is Director of the Whitehead Institute, a professor of biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

His laboratory is exploring fundamental differences between males and females in health and disease, both within and beyond the reproductive tract. The Page lab recently discovered that XY and XX sex chromosomes account for subtle differences in the molecular biology of male and female cells and tissues throughout the body. This important finding emerged from the lab’s comparative genomic and evolutionary studies of the sex chromosomes of humans, other mammals, and birds.

Page serves on the Selection Committees of the March of Dimes Prize in Developmental Biology, the National Academy of Sciences Award in Molecular Biology, and the Taubman Prize in Translational Medical Science. He is a member of the advisory boards of Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Dental Medicine, the Searle Scholar Program, and the Board of Directors of PepsiCo. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine.

Page has received numerous awards including a MacArthur Prize Fellowship, the Amory Prize for Advances in Reproductive Biology and Medicine from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Curt Stern Award from the American Society of Human Genetics, and the March of Dimes Prize in Developmental Biology.