Daniel C. Link, MD
Daniel C. Link, MD, the Alan A. and Edith L. Wolff Professor of Medicine, is honored for his talent as a research mentor of the highest caliber.
Link is known as an accomplished physician and scientist, but it is his passion for science and his willingness to share that enthusiasm with students that sets him apart. Also professor of pathology and immunology, Link uses his scientific expertise and personal, compassionate approach to foster a respectful learning environment in which trainees develop into independent scientists.
Each year, Link sponsors every member of his lab — postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, undergraduates and technicians — to attend the American Society of Hematology annual conference. In doing so, all members of the team are exposed to the field’s latest developments and are encouraged to establish relationships with individuals from other institutions doing similar research.
With an open-door policy, Link acts as an advisor and guide for all team members regarding scientific projects, future career plans or even personal issues. He embraces opportunities to mentor new trainees, including those who have had difficulty in other labs.
In addition to his research and mentoring responsibilities, Link is co-leader of the medical school’s Translational Oncology Program and he serves on the admissions and steering committees for the Markey Pathway, MA/MD program and Summer Scholars Program in Biology and Biomedical Research. At the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine, he is co-leader of the Hematopoietic Development and Malignancy Program and a member of the Basic Science Leadership Committee.
Link earned both his undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1981 and 1985, respectively. He completed a residency in internal medicine at Barnes Hospital and a fellowship in hematology/oncology at Washington University before joining the faculty in 1993.