Marc Kirschner

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Professor Marc W. Kirschner is an American cell biologist.


Kirschner graduated from Northwestern University in 1966 and in 1971 received his doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley. He held post-doc positions at Berkeley and at the University of Oxford in England. He became Assistant Professor at Princeton University in 1972. In 1978 he was made professor at the University of California, San Francisco. In 1993, he moved to Harvard Medical School.

In 1999, Kirschner was elected a Foreign Member of the Royal Society and a Foreign Member of the Academia Europaea. He was the 2001 recipient of the William C. Rose Award, presented by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Later that year, he received the 2001 Gairdner Foundation International Award. In December 2003, Kirschner received the E.B. Wilson Medal, the highest scientific honor from The American Society for Cell Biology, in recognition of significant and far-reaching contributions to cell biology over the course of a career. In 2004 he became head of the Department of Systems Biology at Harvard.


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