Rick Young

External Advisory Board Member,
- Member, Whitehead Institute
- Professor of Biology, MIT

Contact Information

Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research
9 Cambridge Center
Cambridge MA 02142

Phone: 617.258.5218
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Website: http://web.wi.mit.edu/young/people.htm


Dr. Young received his PhD from Yale University in 1975, and became a Whitehead Member in 1984. Scientific American recognized him as one of the top 50 leaders in science, technology and business in 2006 and his awards include a Burroughs Wellcome Scholarship, the Chiron Corporation Biotechnology Research Award, and Yale’s Wilbur Cross Medal.  Young has served as an advisor to Science magazine, the National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organization.


Our laboratory is mapping the regulatory circuitry that controls cell state and differentiation in mice and humans.  We use experimental and computational technologies to determine how signaling pathways, transcription factors, chromatin regulators and small RNAs control gene expression programs in embryonic stem cells and differentiated cells.

Research Papers