Ryan Alexander researches microRNAs to determine their possible role as therapeutics for obesity and other diseases. Photo: Len Rubenstein

Dream to Help Millions

Ryan Alexander researches microRNAs to determine their possible role as therapeutics for obesity and other diseases.

Mriganka Sur, head of MIT's Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences. Photo: Len Rubenstein

MIT Brainpower

Institute experts are now addressing one of the greatest intellectual and scientific challenges of the 21st century — understanding the human brain and mind.

Asst. Prof. Michael Hemann is working to boost the effectiveness of cancer therapies. Photo: Ed Quinn

Tailoring Treatments

Asst. Prof. Michael Hemann is working to boost the effectiveness of cancer therapies.

Leona Samson’ studies of DNA repair mechanisms promise new strategies for cancer. Photo: Ed Quinn

Revealing DNA

Prof. Leona Samson hopes that one day treatments for cancer can be tailored to individual patients by determining how DNA repairs itself.