Dr. Kári Stefánsson received his M.D. in 1976 and his Dr. med. in 1986 from the University of Iceland. He trained in neurology, neuropathology, and neurosciences at the University of Chicago where he served on the faculty from 1983 until 1993 and is board-certified in neurology and neuropathology in the United States. From 1993 to 1997 was a professor of neurology, neuropathology and neuroscience at Harvard University and Director of Neuropathology at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. He later returned to Iceland where he continued his genetic studies.
Dr. Stefánsson is recognized as a leading figure in human genetics. In 1996, he founded deCODE Genetics, one of the first commercial ventures focused on population-based molecular genomics. He has shaped deCODE’s scientific approach and been actively engaged in leading its gene discovery work, and serving as senior author on most of the company’s publications in major scientific journals. Dr. Stefánsson was on the Time 100 list in 2007.
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