Bren Professor of Biology
Paul Sternberg graduated from Hampshire College in 1978 and joined the Biology Department at M.I.T. for his Ph.D., which he received in 1984. His graduate work on the Genetic Control of Nematode Development was under the supervision of H. Robert Horvitz. He then pursued postdoctoral research on yeast mating type with Ira Herskowitz at UCSF, and returned to C. elegans when he joined the Caltech Biology Division faculty in 1897 where he is now Bren Professor of Biology. He is a Member of the National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He served on the U.S. National Advisory Council for Genome Research, and as President of the Genetics Society of America. He was an Investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute from 1989 - 2017. He became lead-PI of WormBase in 1999, lead-PI of the Alliance of Genome Resources in 2016, and is PI of the Gene Ontology Consortium. At Caltech, he led the Biology graduate Option for several years, and co-founded the BioEngineering graduate Option. He has also co-founded two experimental scholarly communication platforms: WormBook and microPublication Biology.