Dr. Hannon is Senior Group Leader of the CRUK Cambridge Institute, Professor of Molecular Cancer Biology, and a Wellcome Trust Investigator at the University of Cambridge. He is a former Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, an Associate Core Member and Director of Cancer Genomics at the New York Genome Center, and an Adjunct Professor at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Dr. Hannon obtained a B.A. in biochemistry from Case Western Reserve University and a Ph.D. in molecular biology from the same institution. His work focuses on the roles of small RNAs, the biology of cancer cells, and the mammalian genome as revealed through next-generation sequencing. Dr. Hannon received the 2007 National Academy of Sciences Award in Molecular Biology and the 2007 Paul Marks Prize for Cancer Research from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Prior to these achievements, he was named a Rita Allen Scholar in 2000. Dr. Hannon was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences in May 2012.