Robert Pollack

Professor of Biological Sciences and Director of
University Seminars

Columbia University

Robert Pollack, Professor of Biological Sciences and Director of University Seminars, joined the faculty of Columbia University in 1978. His teaching focuses on the application of knowledge of the natural world to problems that require decisions which cannot be based solely on such data-driven knowledge. Until 1991 his NIH-supported laboratory research focused on elaboration of his discovery in 1968 that the clonal descendants of tumor cells include genetically stable revertant cells, capable of growing into normal populations in turn. Beginning in the late 1990s, after he had set aside lab work in order to write a series of books, he has been pleased to note that other laboratories have begun to apply his discovery to the development of novel forms of cancer chemotherapy.