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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,
Van Andel Research Institute

Ralph Weichselbaum, M.D.
Chairman, Department of Radiation and Head of the Ludwig Center for Metastasis Research,
University of Chicago

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

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)
American Cancer Society Professor and Renato Dulbecco Chair,
Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Marie-Françoise Chesselet, M.D., Ph.D.
Charles H. Markham Professor of Neurology; Distinguished Professor, Departments of Neurology and Neurobiology; Interim Chair, Department of Neurology, University of California, Los Angeles

Sharon Y.R. Dent, Ph.D.
Professor of Epigenetics and Molecular Carcinogenesis; J. Ralph Meadows Chair of the Department of Epigenetics and Molecular Carcinogenesis; Director, The Virginia Harris Cockrell Cancer Research Center at Science Park; Director, Center for Cancer Epigenetics,
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Howard J. Federoff, M.D., Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs,
University of California, Irvine

Theresa Ann Guise, M.D.
Jerry W. and Peggy S. Throgmartin Professor of Oncology,
Indiana University

Kristian Helin, Ph.D.
Founding Director, Biotech Research & Innovation Centre (BRIC),
University of Copenhagen

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