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Lee Hartwell

Lee Hartwell

Professor, School of Sustainability


Center for Sustainable Health, Biodesign Institute
Arizona State University
PO Box 875001
Tempe, AZ 85287-5001


  • Distinguished Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Professor, School of Sustainability
  • Professor, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College
  • Nobel Laureate, Physiology or Medicine


Dr. Hartwell led a research team at the Department of Genetics, University of Washington using cell biology and genetics to investigate how yeast cells divide from 1968 to 1997.  They discovered two cellular pathways that are integrated by an overall control point regulating cell division and a signaling pathway that arrests cell division in response to DNA damage.

From 1997-2010 he was President and Director of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.  During that period the FHCRC completed its expansion and consolidation to the South Lake Union campus and formed the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance in partnership with the University of Washing and Seattle Children’s Hospital. He advised the the National Cancer Institute in the creation the NCI CPTAC proteomics program and organized an international cancer proteomics consortium devoted to the early detection of cancer.

He joined the faculty of the Arizona State University in 2010 where he has appointments in the Schools of Education, Biomedical Engineering, and Sustainability and leads a small team that developed and teaches a course, Sustainability Science for all pre-service K-8 Teachers. He also leads the HoneyBee program at ASU overseeing a series of small clinical trials using wearable devices to monitor physiological parameters in clinical patients for a variety of diseases.

 He also has an appointment as Distinguished Faculty at Chang Gung University and Hospital system in Taiwan where he advises a Biosignatures Program seeking to discover biomarkers in oral cancer, colon cancer and other diseases and to implement wearable devices in clinical management.

 Dr. Hartwell is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and he received the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Other honors include the Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award, the Gairdner Foundation International Award, the Alfred P. Sloan Award in cancer research, and the Genetics Society Medal of Honor.


  • PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1964
  • BS, California Institute of Technology, 1961


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Conference Papers


Archambault, L., A. Warren and L. Hartwell. 2013. Preparing future educators: Sustainability education framework for teachers (SEFT). Pp. 174-179 Proceedings of the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference. Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference. (link )


Archambault, L., L. Hartwell, E. N. Redman and A. E. Hale. 2012. Developing sustainability literacy among preservice teachers through web-based learning.. Pp. 83-87 In: Resta, P. ed., Proceedings of the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference . Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference. (link )