BioInsights - Reflections on a life in gene therapy

Reflections on a life in gene therapy

Cell & Gene Therapy Insights 2022; 8(2), 193–198

10.18609/cgti.2022.038

Published: 28 February 2022
Interview
Ronald G Crystal

David McCall, Editor, Cell and Gene Therapy Insights speaks to Ronald G Crystal, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Genetic Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College

Ronald G Crystal, MD, is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Genetic Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College, where he is also Bruce Webster Professor of Internal Medicine and Director of the Belfer Gene Therapy Core Facility. After earning a BA in physics from Tufts University and an MS in physics and an MD from the University of Pennsylvania, Dr Crystal served as Chief of the Pulmonary Branch of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. His initial research at Weill Cornell focused on inflammatory diseases of the lung, shifting in the late 1980s to the field of gene therapy in which Dr Crystal became a pioneer. Recently developed gene therapy programs include the treatment of Friedreich’s ataxia, cocaine addiction and Alzheimer’s disease.