Bachelor, University Texas, 1971. Doctor of Philosophy, University Texas, 1975.
National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellow Stanford (California) University Medical School, 1975-1977. Assistant professor genetics Rockefeller University, New York City, 1976—1983, associate professor, 1984—1988, professor, since 1988, Richard and Jeanne Fisher professor, since 2004. Investigator Howard Hughes Medical Institute, New York City, 1987-1996.
Advisory panel on genetic biology National Science Foundation, Washington, 1983-1987. Special advisor American Cancer Society, New York City, since 1985. Special reviewer genetics study section National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, since 1990, cell biology study section, 1993-1997.
Head Rockefeller unit National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center Biological Timing, 1991-2001. Director Levy/White Center Mind, Brain and Behavioral Studies Rockefeller University, New York City, 2000-2002, vice president academic affairs, since 2004.
Fellow New York Society Fellows, American Academy Microbiology. Member American Association for the Advancement of Science, Genetics Society of America, American Society Microbiologists, New York Academy of Sciences, Harvey Society, National Academy of Sciences, American Chemical Society, Gruber Foundation(Neuroscis. prize, 2009).
Married Laurel Ann Eckhardt, December 27, 1978. Children: Natalie, Arissa.