Judy Lieberman, MD, Ph.D, holds a Chair in Cellular and Molecular Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital, is Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and is Chair of the Executive Committee of Immunology at Harvard Medical School. She earned a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Rockefeller University and worked as a theoretical physicist at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and Fermilab, received an M.D. from Harvard and MIT, did a postdoctoral fellowship in immunology in the Cancer Center at MIT and worked as hematologist/oncologist at Tufts Medical Center.
Her laboratory has been in the forefront of developing RNAi-based therapeutics and using RNAi for genome-wide screening. They were the first to show that siRNAs could be used to treat disease in vivo and to develop cell-targeted RNAs.
The Lieberman laboratory has developed strategies for cell-specific siRNAs that knockdown gene expression in vivo in T lymphocytes and cancer cells. They also investigate the role of microRNAs in regulating cell differentiation and cancer. This laboratory also studies cytotoxic T lymphocytes and their role in immune protection from infection and cancer.
Dr. Lieberman served as the Chair of the Medical Sciences section and on the Council of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences. She has received numerous awards for her research on vaccines, immunology and cancer. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.