Meet the Innovators Under 35

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.


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.