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King Fahd Professorship in Molecular Medicine

School of Medicine

Established in 1993 by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Two King Fahd Professorships, one in molecular medicine and the other in pediatric oncology, represent the mutual interest and support between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United States. The nation was governed since 1982 by KING and PRIME MINISTER FAHD BIN ABD AL-AZIZ AL SAUDI. King Fahd, the 11th son of the founder of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, served as minister of education before ascending to the throne. He died in 2005.

Held by Andrew Feinberg

ANDREW FEINBERG is considered to be a founder of the field of cancer epigenetics, which is the study of heritable changes in gene expression—active versus inactive genes—that do not involve changes to the underlying DNA sequence. He contributes his expertise in human epigenetics to cutting edge research in cancer and applies these concepts to understand the role of epigenetics in all aspects of human disease.

Feinberg was the first to demonstrate how genetics, epigenetics, and the environment interact to cause disease, and pioneered the field of epigenomics, developing many of the experimental and statistical tools to study epigenetics at a genome-scale level Feinberg’s research is now focused on studying the epigenetic basis of normal development and disease, including cancer, aging, and neuropsychiatric illness. He is one of 10 principal investigators on NASA’s Twins Study analyzing the epigenetic effects of spaceflight on the Kelly identical twins, comparing samples from twin astronauts Mark and Scott Kelly during Scott’s year in space.

Feinberg was appointed as an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University in 1983 and was named a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor in 2015.