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Lindquist Leaves Whitehead

By Beckett W. Sterner


Susan L. Lindquist, director of the Whitehead Institute at MIT, announced on Tuesday that she plans to resign on Nov. 1 and return to full-time research as a professor of biology at MIT.

Lindquist’s resignation “has been accepted with extreme regret by the Board of Directors,” the Whitehead board wrote in a statement. “The Board and her faculty colleagues fully understand and support Dr. Lindquist’s desire to return full attention to her laboratory and research.”

“The board will be meeting between now and November 1 to decide on a transition probably to an interim director,” said Rick Borchelt, Whitehead director of communications and public affairs.

Lindquist, who declined to comment last night, has also pursued significant research in biology during her directorship. Her work focuses on chaperone proteins, which help other proteins fold properly, as well as prions, proteins that can switch to an alternate shape and then cause normal proteins to refold into a different shape.