Arthur O Tzianabos

Graduating class of 1981



During his years at Central High School, Arthur Tzianabos was involved in Student Council, the National Honor Society, The Little Green and the Varsity Hockey and Tennis Teams. Under his leadership as captain, the hockey team won state titles in 1980 and 1981. Dr. Tzianabos received his B.S. degree in Biology at Boston College where he graduated with honors and played on the Varsity Tennis Team. He obtained his Ph.D in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire, followed by a post-doctoral fellowship in Infectious Disease at Harvard Medical School. He joined the faculty at Harvard Medical School in 1994 and became an Associate Professor of Medicine in 2000. His laboratory at Harvard Medical has made several important scientific discoveries regarding bacteria and infectious diseases. His research has resulted in a new class of anti-inflammatory compounds for the treatment of such diseases as surgical fibrosis and asthma. In 2005, Dr. Tzianabos became the Head of Discovery Research at Shire Pharmaceuticals in Cambridge, MA working on treatment of genetic diseases. He has published over 70 papers, reviews, book chapters and patents in prestigious journals in science and has served on a number of scientific committees and Special Emphasis Panels at the National Institute of Health. Dr. Tzianabos has been invited to chair a number of scientific sessions and to give keynote presentations at over 50 international and national scientific meetings. He was recently selected by the National Academy of Science to serve on a Blue Ribbon Panel investigating new strategies to treat existing and emerging infectious diseases. Arthur and his wife, Kirsten, are the proud parents of four children.