Professor Gerald Fink is an American biologist. He is a Founding Member of the Whitehead Institute and American Cancer Society Professor of Genetics at MIT, and was director of the Whitehead from 1990 to 2001. Fink received his PhD degree in genetics from Yale University and served for 15 years on the faculty of Cornell University. A past president of the Genetics Society of America, he is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of the Institute of Medicine. His research investigates how fungal pathogens invade the body, evade the immune system, and establish an infection.
Professor Fink was General Director of the School in Life Sciences from 1997-2002.