In keeping with our interdisciplinary approach, Sustainable Health's leadership encompasses a highly diverse set of skills and experiences.

  1. Michael BIRT
    Director and Research Professor, Biodesign Institute
    Michael BIRT
    Michael Birt is the Director of the Center for Sustainable Health at the Biodesign Institute. Prior to starting Sustainable Health with Lee Hartwell in 2009, he was the founding Executive Director of the Pacific Health Summit and launched the Center for Health and Aging at the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR). His career also includes experience in the private sector. He co-founded a leading US-Asia biomedical business development company and has consulted for many of the world’s foremost healthcare, medical technology, and consumer product companies. He received his Ph.D. in East Asian Studies from Princeton University and speaks and reads Japanese fluently. He currently focuses on Project HoneyBee as a means to validate clinical data to sustain health, especially for older adults and their caregivers.
    Virginia G. Piper Chair in Personalized Medicine; Chief Scientist, Center for Sustainable Health; President and Director Emeritus, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
    Lee Hartwell, PhD, is the Virginia G. Piper Chair in Personalized Medicine at the Center for Sustainable Health, Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University. At the Center his work focuses on creating effective learning environments. The first is a course required for all K-8 teachers, Sustainability Science for Teachers and the second is Project Honey Bee, an interdisciplinary research project to validate wearable devices for ambulatory patient management. He also oversees a project to develop biomarkers for the clinical management of many diseases at the Chang Gung Memorial Hospital and University in Taipei,Taiwan. Dr. Hartwell was awarded the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for identifying genes that control cell division in yeast.