Bachelor in Human Biology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, 1961. Master of Arts in Microbiology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, 1963. Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, 1966.
Master of Arts (honorary), Harvard University, 1980. Doctor of Science (honorary), Wheaton College, Massachusetts, 1982. Doctor of Science (honorary), Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts, 1987.
Doctor of Science (honorary), Medical College Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1991.
Postdoctoral fellow Salk Institute Biological Studies, San Diego, 1967, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1968-1969, research associate department biology, 1969-1970. Assistant professor microbiology and molecular genetics Harvard Medical School, Boston, 1971-1973, associate professor, 1973-1978, professor, 1979-1991. Professor biology, dean Faculty of Science New York University, 1991—1997.
Faculty associate biology, senior councilor external relations California Institute of Technology, 1997—2006, senior faculty associate biology, since 2007. Director Laboratories Infectious Diseases, Children's Hospital, Boston, 1979—1991. Member science advisory board Institute Molecular Cell Biology, National University Singapore, 1985—2003.
Appointed member California Council of Scientific & Technology, 2004—2007.
Board trustees Waksman Foundation Microbiology, since 1986, University Massachusetts, 1987—1991, Johns Hopkins University, 1992—2004, Keystone Center, Colorado, 1993—1998, Keck Graduate Institute Applied Life Sciences, Claremont, California, 1998—2006, Rockefeller Foundation, since 2004. Fellow: American Association for the Advancement of Science (president since 2010, board directors 1997—2001), Association Women in Science (Outstanding Woman Scientist award 1994), Infectious Diseases Society America. Member: Academy Sinica, Society Chinese Bioscientists America, American Academy Microbiology, American Society Virology, American Society Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, American Society Microbiology (president 1988-1989, Eli Lilly award 1977, Alice C. Evans award 2001).
Married David Baltimore, 1968.