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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.


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

Xiaodong Cheng, Ph.D. 
Professor, Department of Molecular and Cellular Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Joseph Ecker, Ph.D.
Professor, Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology Laboratory 
Director, Genomic Analysis Laboratory 
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator 
Salk International Council Chair in Genetics 
Salk Institute

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


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

Anthony E. Lang, O.C., M.D., FRCPC, FAAN, FCAHS, FRSC
Director, Edmond J. Safra Program in Parkinson’s Disease
Toronto Western Hospital

Mitchell Lazar, M.D., Ph.D. 
Willard And Rhoda Ware Professor In Diabetes And Metabolic Diseases, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

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