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Jack William Szostak

educator , Molecular biologist

Jack William Szostak, British molecular biologist, educator. Achievements include research in origin, early evolution and laboratory synthesis of life; patents in field. Fellow: New York Academy of Sciences; member: National Academy of Sciences (Award in molecular biology 1994), American Academy Arts & Sciences.

Background

Szostak, Jack William was born on November 9, 1952 in London. Son of William J. and Viola (Munford) Szostak.

Education

Bachelor of Science in Cell Biology, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, 1972. Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 1977.

Career

Research associate in biochemistry Cornell University, 1977-1979. Assistant professor department biological chemistry Harvard Medical School, Boston, 1979-1983, associate professor department biological chemistry, 1983-1984, associate professor department genetics, 1984-1987, professor department genetics, since 1988. Associate molecular biologist Massachusetts General Hospital, 1984—1987, molecular biologist, since 1988, Alex Rich distinguished investigator department molecular biology, since 2000.

Jean Weigle lecturer University Geneva, 1994. William Rauscher memorial lecturer Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, 1995. Susan Swerling memorial lecturer Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, 1997.

Proctor & Gamble lecturer University Illinois, Urbana-Champaigne, 1998. Investigator Howard Hughes Medical Institute, since 1998. Capital Science lecturer Carnegie Institution Washington, 2001.

Visiting fellow Brasenose College, Oxford University, 2005.

Achievements

  • Achievements include research in origin, early evolution and laboratory synthesis of life. Patents in field.

Works

  • Member editorial board Chemistry and Biology, since 1994, Ribonucleic acid, 1995-1998. Contributor articles to professional journals.

Membership

Fellow: New York Academy of Sciences. Member: National Academy of Sciences (Award in molecular biology 1994), American Academy Arts & Sciences.

Connections

father:
William J. Szostak

mother:
Viola (Munford) Szostak