Dr. Michael Lichten is a Senior Investigator at the Laboratory of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute. He received a Ph.D. in 1982 from M.I.T. (with Maurice S. Fox) and postdoctoral training at Brandeis University (with Dr. James E. Haber).
He joined the NCI as a Senior Staff Fellow in 1987, became a Senior Investigator in 1995, and became a member of the Senior Biomedical Research Service in 2000. He is co-Director of the NIH-Johns Hopkins Graduate Partnership Program in Cellular, Molecular, Developmental Biology, and serves on editorial boards of PLOS Biology, PLOS Genetics, PLOS ONE, the Annual Review of Genetics, and Faculty of 1000. His group's research focuses on the mechanism and control of homologous recombination, with a particular interest in events that occur during meiosis in budding yeast.