Ira Herskowitz

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Ira Herskowitz (July 14, 1946 – April 28, 2003) was an American geneticist. He was noted for his work on cellular differentiation.[1]

He was born in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from the California Institute of Technology, and from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Ph.D. in 1971.[2] He taught at the University of Oregon. He moved to University of California, San Francisco in 1981, where he headed the Herskowitz lab.[3]

He was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2002, the National Academy of Sciences in 1986.[4] He died in San Francisco, California on April 28, 2003 of pancreatic cancer.[1]

James D. Watson:

He was one of the people who made U.C.S.F. the most exciting place in the world for a younger scientist to be. A talk by Ira was always fun to listen to. And he approached science with a certain degree of idealism.[1]

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