National Cancer Institute

About the Koch Institute

The Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Cancer Center, is a state-of-the-art cancer research facility as well as the hub of cancer research on the MIT campus. Completed in 2010, the Koch Institute building allows for the physical co-localization of faculty members from the Department of Biology (formerly in the MIT Center for Cancer Research) with faculty members drawn from a variety of departments in the MIT School of Engineering. The Koch Institute faculty also includes many members located in other research buildings at MIT, including the Whitehead and Broad Institutes.

The Koch Institute brings together biologists and chemists along with biological, chemical, mechanical, and materials science engineers, computer scientists, clinicians and others, to bring fresh perspectives and an interdisciplinary approach to advancing the fight against cancer. This multi-faceted group of investigators is at the core of the Koch Institute’s mission to develop new insights into cancer, as well as new tools and technologies to better treat, diagnose and prevent the disease.

Our goal is to make the Koch Institute the gold standard in interdisciplinary cancer-focused research. We are continually expanding our highly effective relationship network, which involves other academic and clinical oncology centers, industrial partners and cancer-focused individuals and foundations. Firmly rooted in the MIT community, we share its educational mission and are deeply committed to training the next generation of cancer researchers. Trainees make up a significant portion of our research force, and make invaluable contributions to the shaping of our institutional culture.

Our faculty members have earned the most prestigious national and international science honors:

• Five current and former faculty have been awarded the Nobel Prize

• Nine current and former faculty members have been awarded the National Medals of Science or Technology and Innovation

• Six current faculty members have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering

• 17 current faculty members have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences

• 14 current faculty members have been elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies

• Ten current faculty members are Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigators 

Koch Institute research is strategically focused on five target areas viewed as critical for rapid progress toward controlling cancer.

Together, our community of more than 1,000 researchers is changing the face of what is possible for science, technology, and most importantly, for cancer patients and their loved ones.

Tyler Jacks, Ph.D.