President of MIT since 2004, Dr. Hockfield received an undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester, and a PhD from the Georgetown University School of Medicine, concentrating in neuroscience. Following a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California at San Francisco, she joined the scientific staff at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in 1980. In 1985, Dr. Hockfield joined the faculty of Yale University, where she went on to serve as dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences from 1988 to 2002 and as provost from 2003 to 2004. Dr. Hockfield is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has received honorary degrees from Tsinghua University, Brown University and Watson School of Biological Sciences at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Dr. Hockfield is also a trustee of the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.