Wayne Lencer, M.D., is professor and Longwood Chair in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, director of the Harvard Digestive Diseases Center, and division chief of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition at Children’s Hospital Boston. His laboratory studies the cell and molecular biology of vesicular transport in polarized epithelial cells and regulation of ion transport in the intestine. These projects relate to how intestinal epithelial cells interact with the luminal and sub-epithelial microenvironment in bacterial pathogenesis and mucosal host defense, and how they internalize and transport macromolecules into and across the epithelial barrier. Dr. Lencer’s work in each of these areas has led to over 15 patent awards. He also co-founded Syntonix Pharmaceuticals, which developed the FDA-approved drugs Eloctate and Alprolix for the treatment of hemophilia.