13. Bruce Stillman | The Long Island Press Power List

13. Bruce Stillman

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory President & CEO

Besides holding the top spot at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory since 1979, Bruce Stillman is the director of the Cancer Center, whose international award-winning research focuses on how chromosomes are duplicated in cells and how deviations in this process leads to cancer. Stillman succeeded Nobel Laureate James D. Watson in 1994 as director of the lab and was appointed president in 2003. With five honorary doctorates, Stillman is a member of the Medical Advisory Board of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and advises a number of other research organizations, including the M.I.T. Cancer Center and the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne, Australia. He also currently serves on the Board of Scientific Advisors of the National Cancer Institute. Under his leadership, CSHL has been ranked as the No. 1 institution in molecular biology and genetics research.