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VARI Board of Trustees & External Scientific Advisory Board

For a full list of the Institute’s boards, please visit our Leadership page here.

Van Andel Research Institute Board of Trustees 

David Van Andel
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer,
Van Andel Institute

Tom R. DeMeester, M.D.
Professor and Chairman, Emeritus, Department of Surgery, Keck School of Medicine,
University of Southern California 

James B. Fahner, M.D.
Chief of Hematology and Oncology, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital

Michelle Le Beau, Ph.D.
Professor of Medicine, Section of Hematology/Oncology; Director, University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center; Director, Cancer Cytogenetics Laboratory, University of Chicago 

George Vande Woude, Ph.D.
Distinguished Scientific Fellow, Emeritus; Founding Research Director, Van Andel Research Institute

Max S. Wicha, M.D.
Distinguished Professor of Oncology; Professor, Department of Internal Medicine; Founding Director
University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center

External Scientific Advisory Board

The External Scientific Advisory Board (ESAB) comprises internationally respected scientists who annually review the Institute’s research portfolio and faculty.

Tony Hunter, Ph.D. (ESAB Chair)
Professor, Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory; American Caner Society Professor; Renato Dulbecco Chair; Director, Salk Institute Cancer Center

Marie-Françoise Chesselet, M.D., Ph.D.
Charles H. Markham Professor of Neurology; Distinguished Professor of Neurology and of Neurobiology, Reed Neurological Research Center

Howard J. Federoff, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, University of California at Irvine

Theresa Guise, M.D.
Professor of Medicine; Jerry W. & Peg S. Throgmartin Professor of Oncology, Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Indiana University

Kristian Helin, Ph.D.
Director, Biotech Research & Innovation Centre (BRIC); Professor, Faculty of Health Science, University of Copenhagen

Sharon Y.R. Dent, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Epigenetics and Molecular Carcinogenesis; Director, Science Part; Director, Center for Cancer Epigenetics, MD Anderson Cancer Center

Max S. Wicha, M.D.
Distinguished Professor of Oncology; Professor, Department of Internal Medicine; Founding Director
University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center