James Haber is a professor of biology and the director of the Rosenstiel Basic Medical Sciences Research Center at Brandeis University. His research focuses on how cells repair breaks in the DNA of chromosomes that arise from errors in DNA replication, from other endogenous problems, or from irradiation. His laboratory has analyzed the mechanisms of several different pathways of repair, using physical monitoring techniques to analyze the sequence of events in real time. He is also interested in the cellular alarms, known as checkpoints, that are triggered when a chromosome break is induced. Haber is especially interested in the connections between human cancer and defects in different types of DNA repair and in the DNA damage checkpoint.
At the Radcliffe Institute, Haber will write a book for graduate students and senior researchers tentatively titled “DNA Repair by Recombination.” This work will discuss in detail the molecular mechanisms of repair.
Haber is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Academy of Microbiology. He is secretary of the Genetics Society of America and a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Cancer Institute. He has a Method to Extend Research in Time (MERIT) Award from the National Institutes of Health and is a past recipient of fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the American Cancer Society.