Bruce Alberts, PhD, Chairman

University of California, San Francisco


Dr. Bruce Alberts is recognized around the world for his work in the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology. As a scientist and educator, he served two terms as President of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) (1993-2005) and was also Chairman of the National Research Council at the NAS. He is one of the original authors of Molecular Biology of the Cell, now in its sixth edition and the standard cell biology textbook in most universities. He served as Editor-in-chief of the leading scientific journal, Science, from 2009-2013. Now in his third decade of educating future scientists, he is the Chancellor’s Leadership Chair in Biochemistry and Biophysics for Science and Education at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Beginning in 2000 and through 2009, he served as the Co-Chair of the Inter-Academy Council, an international organization established to provide scientific counsel to the world and governed by the presidents of 15 National Academies of Sciences. In 2009, Dr. Alberts was one of three leaders appointed to serve as the nation’s first scientific envoy by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In 2014, he was awarded the National Medal of Science by President Barack Obama. In 2016, Dr. Bruce Alberts received the Lasker-Koshland Special Achievement Award in Medical Sciences for discoveries in DNA replication and leadership in science and education.

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