Bachelor, Pomona College, 1973. Doctor of Philosophy, University Washington, 1979.
National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellow, University of California at Los Angeles, 1979-1981; National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellow, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, 1981-1982; National Research Council postdoctoral fellow, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, 1982-1984; senior research scientist, Genex Corporation, Gaithersburg, Maryland., 1984; senior staff fellow, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland., 1985-1988; research fellow, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Princeton, New Jersey, since 1988. Consultant Columbia University, New York City, 1985.
Married Michele Alperin, May 30, 1983. Children: Jacob Michael Alperin-Sheriff, Aliza Naomi Alperin-Sheriff.