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Viktor Adalsteinsson, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

2017 Innovator Under 35: Working to improve cancer diagnosis and treatment

Viktor Adalsteinsson, Group Leader, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

Viktor Adalsteinsson is a group leader at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, where he leads the Blood Biopsy Team, a multi-institutional collaboration to profile cancer genomes directly from blood samples. The Blood Biopsy Team includes scientists, engineers, oncologists, and computational biologists spanning his lab and others at Broad, MIT, Dana-Farber, MGH, and beyond. The goal of their research is to identify mechanisms of response and resistance to therapy, enable routine monitoring of patients with cancer, and someday provide a mechanism for early detection. Adalsteinsson holds a PhD in chemical engineering from MIT, where he developed novel approaches for functional and genomic profiling of single cells in cancer. He joined the Broad Institute as a research affiliate during his doctoral studies.

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Innovators Under 35
individuals whose superb technical work promises to shape the coming decades through the development of new technology or the creative application of existing technologies to solve problems.