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researcher , Cell and molecular biology educator

Alan Fredrick Horwitz, American cell and molecular biology educator, researcher. Recipient Doctor William Daniel Stroud Established Investigator award American Heart Association, 1975-1980, National Institutes of Health Merit award, 1992; principal investigator, grantee in field, 1974.


Horwitz, Alan Fredrick was born on October 26, 1944 in Minneapolis. Son of Burt and Helen (Bolnick) Horwitz.


Bachelor in Chemistry with honors, University Wisconsin, 1966. Doctor of Philosophy in Biophysics, Stanford University, 1969. Master of Arts (honorary), University Pennsylvania, 1978.


National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellow Laboratory Chemical Biodynamics, University California, Berkeley, 1970-1972, chemist P-5, 1972-1973. Scientist Biozentrum der Universitat Basel, Switzerland, 1973-1974. Assistant professor department biochemistry and biophysics School Medicine, University Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1974-1978, associate professor, 1978-1984, professor, since 1984.

Professor, head department cell and structural biology University Illinois, Urbana, 1987-1995, chairman biophysics program, 1978-1985, associate director medical scientist training program, 1986-1987, director cell and molecular biology training program, 1988-1992. Retired, 1998

Member commission on cell and membrane biophysics International Union Pure and Applied Biophysics, 1975-1982. Member science advisory committee biochemistry and chemical carcinogens American Cancer Society, 1977-1981.

Member special study sections National Institute General Medical Sciences National Institutes of Health, since 1980, member review committee cellular and molecular basis of disease National Institute General Medical Science, 1984-1988. Member special study sections National Institute Aging, National Cancer Institute National Institute General Medical Science, since 1980, member biotechnology review panel, 1988, member advisory council, 1994. Member innovative aging research committee VA, 1983.

Lecturer various national and international symposia. Steering committee Howard Hughes Institute Medical Research, University Pennsylvania, advisory committee for Her Majesty Watts, Junior Neuromuscular Disease Research Institute, University Pennsylvania, 1986.


  • Other Work

    • Member editorial board Journal Cell Biology, since 1989, Journal Cell Science, since 1990, Cell Adhesion and Communications, since 1992, Trends in Cell Biology, since 1994, Current Opinion in Cell Biology, since 1995. Associate editor: Development Biology, 1989-1995. Section editor Current Opinion in Cell Biology, 1994.

      Contributor articles to professional journals.


Member Biophysics Society, American Society Biological Chemists, American Society Cell Biology (public policy committee since 1986, nominating committee 1988, program committee 1995), American Association Anatomy (chairman).


  • Other Interests

    Music, outdoor activities, ice hockey, boating, fishing.


Married Carole Joanne Rosen, November 26, 1972. Children: Jeremy J., Rachel T.

Burt Horwitz

Helen (Bolnick) Horwitz

Carole Joanne Rosen

Jeremy J. Horwitz

Rachel T. Horwitz