Brent R. Stockwell, Ph.D.
Brent R. Stockwell grew up in Bay Terrace, a suburban
neighborhood in New York City and graduated from Hunter
College High School. He received his A.B. in chemistry and
economics from Cornell University,
graduating summa cum laude. He received his Ph.D. degree in
chemistry, doing his doctoral studies under the supervision of
Stuart L. Schreiber at Harvard University.
He is a Professor on the Faculty of
Arts & Sciences at Columbia University with joint appointments
in the Department
of Biological Sciences and the Department of
Chemistry; he is also a member of the Motor Neuron Center and
the Cancer Center at
Columbia Medical School.
Dr. Stockwell's research involves the use of chemical tools
to define cell death mechanisms in order to better understand
and treat cancer and neurodegeneration. Prior to joining the
faculty of Columbia University, he was an independent Fellow
at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, where he
directed his own laboratory, developing new tools to enable
the exploration of biology with small molecules.
Dr. Stockwell has received a Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career
Award at the Scientific Interface (2002), a Beckman Young
Investigator Award (2007), an Early Career Scientist
appointment of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute
(2010-2016), the Bioaccelerate NYC
Prize (2010), a Lenfest
Distinguished Columbia Faculty Award (2014), a National
Academies Education Fellowship in the Sciences (2014-2015),
and the Great Teacher of Columbia College Award from the
Society of Columbia Graduates (2015). Dr. Stockwell is the
author of >80 publications, 38 patent applications and 14
issued US patents. His first book, The Quest for the Cure, was
published in the Spring of 2011.