Bachelor, Brooklyn College, 1962. Doctor of Philosophy, Albert Einstein College Medicine, 1966.
Assistant professor Albert Einstein College Medicine, New York City, 1967-1972, associate professor, 1972-1977, Kramer professor, chairman department molecular biology, 1977-1986, director biological science division, 1981-1986. Eugene Higgins professor, chairman department microbiology, College Physicians and Surgeons Columbia University, 1986-1989. Joseph D. Grant professor development biology Stanford (California) University School Medicine, 1989-1997, chairman department development biology, 1989-1997, Virginia and D.K. Ludwig professor cancer research, department development biology, since 1998.
Director Beckman Center Molecular and Genetic Medicine, Stanford University, since 2001. Member board science counselors National Institutes of Health, Washington, 1980—1984. Member board science advisors G.D. Searle Company, Skokie, Illinois, 1984—1986.
Trustee Scientists Institute for Public Information, 1990—1994. Member science advisory board SmithKline Beecham Beecham, 1993—2000, Anacor Pharmaceuticals, Inc., since 2001, PathoGenesis, 1995—2000, Ludwig Institute Cancer Reserve, since 2000, Glaxo Smith Kline, 2001—2007, Hatteras Ventures, 2008—2009, Pasteur Institute, Paris, since 2009. Member advisory board Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University, 2006—2008, Singapore Institute Molecular & Cell Biology, 2006—2008, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories, since 2006.
Board directors Anacor Pharmaceuticals Inc., since 2001, Gen-Probe Inc., since 2008.
Editor: Microbiol. Development, 1984. Member editorial board Journal Bacteriology, 1978-1986, Trends in Genetics, since 1987, Genes and Development, 1987-1991, Cell Regulation, 1990-1992, Molecular Biology of the Cell, 1992-1998, Molecular Microbiology, 1991-1996, Current Opinion on Genetics and Development, since 1991.
Contributor articles to professional journals.
Member science board Helen Hay Witney Foundation, New York City, 1986-1994, Biozentrum, Basel, 1999-2001, Hutchinson Cancer Center, Seattle, 1999. Member grants advisory board Beckman Foundation, since 1999. Co-chairman advisory board National Science Foundation Biology Directorate, 1988-1989.
Visiting committee, board overseers Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1987-1990. Member science board Whitehead Institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, 1988-1993. Member science review board Howard Hughes Medical Institute, 1990-1994, Cancer Center of Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, 1994.
Member Presidio Council City of San Francisco, 1991-1994. Member president council University California, 1991-1997. Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Academy Arts and Sciences, American Academy Microbiology, California Council on Science and Technology.
Member National Academy of Sciences (Selman A. Waksman award 2005), Institute Medicine of National Academy of Sciences, American Philosophical Society, American Society Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (nominating committee 1982, 87, council 1990-1993), American Heart Association (science advisory board 1984-1987).
Married Roy Shapiro, January 23, 1960 (divorced 1977). 1 child, Peter; Married Harley H. McAdams, July 28, 1978. Stepchildren: Paul, Heather.