Jeffrey C. Hall

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Jeffrey C. Hall
Born 1945
Brooklyn, New York City
Nationality  United States
Fields genetics
Institutions Brandeis University
University of Maine
Alma mater Amherst College
University of Washington (Ph.D., 1971)
Known for cloning the period gene
Notable awards Genetics Society of America Medal (2003)
Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize (2011)
Canada Gairdner International Award (2012)
Shaw Prize (2013)
Wiley Prize (2013)

Jeffrey C. Hall (born 1945 in Brooklyn, New York City) is an American geneticist and chronobiologist. He got his Ph.D. in genetics in 1971 at University of Washington, and moved on to a faculty position at Brandeis University in 1974.[1]In 1984 the team of Hall and Michael Rosbash cloned the Period gene in Drosophila melanogaster which can control the animal's biological rhythms. They also discovered that the mRNA and protein encoded by this gene show circadian oscillations.[2]


  1. ^ Biographical Notes of Laureates. Shaw Foundation. [2013-10-18].
  2. ^ Press Release. Shaw Foundation. [2013-10-18].