Dr. Bob Kingston is chief of the Department of Molecular Biology at Massachusetts General Hospital, professor and vice chair of Genetics at Harvard Medical School and an associate member of the Broad Institute. Dr. Kingston has organized numerous international meetings on transcriptional regulation and chromatin structure, has served as an editor of the journal “Molecular and Cellular Biology” and currently serves on several editorial boards. He has been actively involved in graduate education through the Biological and Biomedical Sciences program at Harvard, where he received the student-voted teaching award twice. He served as head of the program from 2004 to 2007. His current research focus is to characterize the precise changes in the structure of the human genome that allow proper development of embryonic stem cells. Dr. Kingston serves as the vice chair of MGH’s Executive Committee on Research and chair of the Thematic Center Executive Committee. He received his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in 1981 and following graduation was awarded a Jane Coffin Childs fellowship to train with Dr. Philip Sharp at MIT on mammalian transcriptional regulatory mechanisms.