Virginia G. Piper Chair in Personalized Medicine; Chief Scientist, Pathfinder Center; President and Director Emeritus, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Lee Hartwell, PhD, led a research team at the Genetics Department, University of Washington, from 1968 to 1997 studying the genetic control of cell division in yeast. He was President and Director of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center from 1997-2010. He received the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. At Arizona State University, Dr. Hartwell works in health and education. At ASU he leads the Honey Bee Project, a series of clinical trials investigating the application of wearable sensors to clinical medicine. He advises a Biosignatures Center at Chang Gung Unveristy and Hospital system in Taiwan that has developed biomarker tests for oral cancer and other diseases. In education, Dr. Hartwell leads a team devoted to K-8 teacher education in Sustainability Science. 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. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a foreign member of Academica Sinica in Taiwan.
Director, Research & Development
Dr. Annie Hale is a Director of Research & Development for the Biodesign Institute's Pathfinder Center at Arizona State University. Annie directs a portfolio of educational programs that inspire, engage, and empower various publics, from educators to community leaders. She aspires to make the world a better place through hard work, community connections, listening, and strategic use of innovative technologies to improve learning. Through the principle of "elegantly-designed experiences," Annie co-develops with her team well-reasoned, meticulously-curated, and high-quality content that is aesthetically appealing, engaging, and accessible to a broad audience. Invoking the principle of elegantly-designed experiences, which she writes and presents on, is one way to make good on the adaptive capacity of the present-day university and the imminent transformation of higher education.
Annie's scholarly research spans various topics, including education for sustainability (EfS), science and technology studies (STS), the use of innovative technologies to improve learning experiences, design from a human-centered approach, and transformations in higher education. Annie's research agenda is intentionally connected to her current projects and morphs as she takes on new endeavors. By design, her research efforts aim to contribute meaningfully to the communities she engages.
To advance these projects and research, Dr. Hale has more than ten years of experience securing grants and philanthropic funding. In the last six years alone, she has brought in more than $1.5M in research awards. Before coming to ASU, she worked in the field of architecture as a designer for five years at the influential architecture studio, Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill. She is LEED-certified and is a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt from Purdue.