Dr. George Stark graduated in Chemistry from Columbia University and became a postdoctoral fellow at the Rockefeller University. He then went to Stanford University and eventually became a Professor of Biochemistry. In 1983 he moved to the Imperial Cancer Research Fund in London as Associate Director of Research. Dr. Stark joined The Cleveland Clinic in 1992, as Chairman of the Lerner Research Institute, a position he held until August 2002. He holds the title of Distinguished Scientist and runs a busy laboratory in the Lerner Research Institute. Dr. Stark was elected to the National Academy of Sciences (USA) in 1987 and became a Fellow of the Royal Society (London) in 1990. In October 2002, he was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.
Dr. Darnell received his M.D. in 1955 from the Washington University School of Medicine. His career has included poliovirus research with Harry Eagle at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, research with FranÃ§ois Jacob at the Institut Pasteur in Paris and academic appointments at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Columbia University. In 1974, Dr.Darnell joined Rockefeller University as Vincent Astor Professor, and from 1990 to 1991 was vice president for academic affairs.