About Carl M. Cohen


Dr. Cohen has held senior management positions in biotechnology companies in the greater Boston area including Chief Operating Officer of Biovest International and Vice President for Research and Development at Creative BioMolecules. Prior to joining Creative BioMolecules Dr. Cohen served as Chief of the Division of Cellular and Molecular Biology and Acting Chair of the Department of Biomedical Research at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center of Boston.  During that same period Dr. Cohen also held the positions of Professor of Medicine and Professor of Anatomy and Cellular Biology at Tufts University School of Medicine.  

Dr. Cohen has had a longstanding interest in the management of science and to the application of what has come to be known as "emotional intelligence" to the scientific workplace. He developed and runs a popular series of workshops in group management and conflict resolution skills for working scientists, has received training in group dynamics through the A. K. Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems and is accredited in the Emotional Competence Inventory through the Hay Group.


Summary of Professional Activities

Science Management Associates
President, 2003 to present

Biovest International, Worcester, MA
Chief Operating Officer, 2004-2007

Acumen Sciences, LLC, Boston, San Francisco, New Jersey
Vice President, Research, 2002-2003

Argose, Inc. Waltham, MA
Senior Director, Research, 2001-2002

Cell Based Delivery, Inc. Providence, RI
Acting Vice President, Research and Development, 2000-2001

Creative BioMolecules, Inc.
Vice President, Research and Development, 1998-2000
Vice President, Research, 1997-1998

St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center of Boston
Acting Chairman, Dept. of Biomedical Research, 1996-1997
Chief,  Div. Of Cellular and Molecular Biology, Dept. Of Biomedical Research, 1985-1997
Associate Chairman, Dept. of Biomedical Research, 1983-1997
Associate Director, Clinical Hematology Laboratory, St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, 1978-1990
Director, Laboratory for Membrane Biochemistry, St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, 1978-1997

Tufts University, School of Medicine, Boston, MA
Professor, Dept. of Medicine and Dept. of Anatomy and Cellular Biology, 1991-1998
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, 1982-1991
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, 1978-1982

American Society for Cell Biology
Treasurer, Chair of Finance Committee, Member of the Executive Committee, Member of Council, 1995-2001



Boston University
B.A., Magna Cum Laude, Physics

Harvard University
M.A., Physics.

Harvard University
Ph.D. Physics (Biophysics Research)

Harvard University
NIH Fellow and Research Associate, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology



Over 60 original scientific publications, over 100 abstracts, as well as over a dozen reviews and two books edited in the fields of cell biology, protein biochemistry, molecular hematology, signal transduction, and the biology and biochemistry of cytoskeletal-membrane interactions.  

Along with his wife Suzanne L. Cohen, a psychologist, Carl is the author of the popular book "Lab Dynamics: Management and Leadership Skills for Scientists" Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, third edition, 2018.


Leadership Development and consulting

Dr. Cohen has had a long-standing interest in issues related to managing scientists in both academic and biotechnology settings.  Since 1995 he has developed and presented workshops to train scientists in leadership and management skills. He has consulted to and runs workshops for leading academic institutions, top ten pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies in the U.S. and internationally, as well as for the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Navy.  

Dr. Cohen is the founding Director of and, since 2011, has run the annual  Cold Spring Harbor Workshop on Leadership in Bioscience