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Jonathan S. Weissman, PhD
Investigator / 2000–Present

Scientific Discipline

Biochemistry, Cell Biology

Host Institution

University of California, San Francisco

Current Position

Dr. Weissman is also a professor of cellular and molecular pharmacology at the University of California, San Francisco.

Current Research

Prion-Based Inheritance, Protein Folding/Misfolding, and Analysis of Cellular Systems

Jonathan Weissman is looking at how cells ensure that proteins fold into their correct shape, as well as the role of protein misfolding in disease and normal physiology. He is also developing experimental and analytical approaches for exploring the organizational principles of biological systems and globally monitoring protein translation through ribosome profiling. A broad goal of his work is to bridge large-scale approaches and in depth mechanistic investigations to reveal the information encoded within genomes.

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Translating bacterial ribosome...

Biography

Dr. Weissman received his undergraduate physics degree from Harvard College. After obtaining a Ph.D. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he worked with Peter Kim, Dr. Weissman pursued postdoctoral fellowship…

Dr. Weissman received his undergraduate physics degree from Harvard College. After obtaining a Ph.D. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he worked with Peter Kim, Dr. Weissman pursued postdoctoral fellowship training in Arthur Horwich's laboratory at Yale University School of Medicine. He was recently awarded the Raymond and Beverly Sackler International Prize in Biophysics.

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Education

  • BA, physics, Harvard College
  • PhD, physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Awards

  • Irving Sigal Young Investigator Award, The Protein Society
  • Raymond and Beverly Sackler International Prize in Biophysics

Memberships

  • National Academy of Sciences
  • American Academy of Microbiology