image of David BaltimoreDr. David Baltimore is one of the nation's most distinguished biologists and winner of the 1975 Nobel Prize for his work in virology. Dr. Baltimore has served as an Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; the founding director of MIT's Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research (1982-1990); and the president of Rockefeller University. Currently he serves as president of the California Institute of Technology. In addition to biological research, Dr. Baltimore has shaped national science policy. His pioneering research in the molecular study of animal viruses has had profound implications for understanding cancer and, later, AIDS. In the mid-1970s, along with several other eminent biologists, Dr. Baltimore played a pivotal role in creating a consensus on national science policy regarding recombinant DNA research and established standards that are followed by the genetics community to this day. Dr. Baltimore has served as head of the National Institutes of Health AIDS Vaccine Research Committee, and as co-chair of the National Academy of Sciences and Institute of Medicine's Committee on a National Strategy for AIDS. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Royal Society of London.