Michael Eisen

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Michael Eisen
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Michael Eisen
Born Michael Bruce Eisen
(1967-04-13) April 13, 1967 (age 47)
Boston, Massachusetts
Nationality American
Institutions University of California, Berkeley
Alma mater Harvard College
Thesis Structural Studies of Influenza A Virus Proteins (1996)
Doctoral advisor Don Craig Wiley
Known for Public Library of Science (PLOS)
Notable awards Benjamin Franklin Award (Bioinformatics) (2002)

Michael Bruce Eisen (born April 13, 1967) is an American biologist. He is an Investigator and Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development at University of California, Berkeley.[2][3][4][5][6][7]


Eisen completed his PhD at Harvard University under the supervision of Don Craig Wiley while studying Influenza A virus Proteins.[8]


His academic research[9][1][10] focuses on the evolution of gene regulation.[11][12]

Open Access advocacy[edit]

Throughout his career he has been an advocate for "open science", which is the free release of the material and intellectual product of scientific research. He is a leading advocate of open access scientific publishing,[13][14][15] and is co-Founder of Public Library of Science (PLOS) and serves on the PLOS board, the Academic Steering & Advocacy Committee of Open Library of Humanities,[16] and is an adviser to Science Commons. His brother Jonathan Eisen is also a biologist.

In 2012 Eisen began protesting against the Research Works Act as part of his appeal to promote open access to information.[17]


  1. ^ a b List of publications from Google Scholar
  2. ^ "Michael B. Eisen, PhD". Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  3. ^ Michael Eisen from the Scopus bibliographic database.
  4. ^ Michael Eisen on Twitter
  5. ^ Perou, C. M.; Sørlie, T; Eisen, M. B.; Van De Rijn, M; Jeffrey, S. S.; Rees, C. A.; Pollack, J. R.; Ross, D. T.; Johnsen, H; Akslen, L. A.; Fluge, O; Pergamenschikov, A; Williams, C; Zhu, S. X.; Lønning, P. E.; Børresen-Dale, A. L.; Brown, P. O.; Botstein, D (2000). "Molecular portraits of human breast tumours". Nature 406 (6797): 747–52. doi:10.1038/35021093. PMID 10963602. 
  6. ^ Iyer, V. R. (1999). "The Transcriptional Program in the Response of Human Fibroblasts to Serum". Science 283 (5398): 83–7. doi:10.1126/science.283.5398.83. PMID 9872747. 
  7. ^ Ross, D. T.; Scherf, U; Eisen, M. B.; Perou, C. M.; Rees, C; Spellman, P; Iyer, V; Jeffrey, S. S.; Van De Rijn, M; Waltham, M; Pergamenschikov, A; Lee, J. C.; Lashkari, D; Shalon, D; Myers, T. G.; Weinstein, J. N.; Botstein, D; Brown, P. O. (2000). "Systematic variation in gene expression patterns in human cancer cell lines". Nature Genetics 24 (3): 227–35. doi:10.1038/73432. PMID 10700174. 
  8. ^ Eisen, Michael Bruce (1996). Structural Studies of Influenza A Virus Proteins (PhD thesis). Harvard University. 
  9. ^ List of publications from Microsoft Academic Search
  10. ^ List of publications from the DBLP Bibliography Server
  11. ^ Eisen, M.; Spellman, P.; Brown, P.; Botstein, D. (1998). "Cluster analysis and display of genome-wide expression patterns". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 95 (25): 14863–14868. doi:10.1073/pnas.95.25.14863. PMC 24541. PMID 9843981. 
  12. ^ Alizadeh, A. A.; Eisen, M. B.; Davis, R. E.; Ma, C.; Lossos, I. S.; Rosenwald, A.; Boldrick, J. C.; Sabet, H.; Tran, T.; Yu, X.; Powell, J. I.; Yang, L.; Marti, G. E.; Moore, T.; Hudson Jr, J.; Lu, L.; Lewis, D. B.; Tibshirani, R.; Sherlock, G.; Chan, W. C.; Greiner, T. C.; Weisenburger, D. D.; Armitage, J. O.; Warnke, R.; Levy, R.; Wilson, W.; Grever, M. R.; Byrd, J. C.; Botstein, D.; Brown, P. O. (2000). "Distinct types of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma identified by gene expression profiling". Nature 403 (6769): 503–511. doi:10.1038/35000501. PMID 10676951. 
  13. ^ Eisen, Michael (8 October 2003). "Publish and be praised". Guardian. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  14. ^ Brown, P. O.; Eisen, M. B.; Varmus, H. E. (2003). "Why PLoS Became a Publisher". PLoS Biology 1: 1. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0000036. 
  15. ^ http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/12.04/rave_pr.html 2004 Wired Magazine Rave Awards "For cracking the spine of the science cartel"
  16. ^ Howard, Jennifer (29 January 2013). "Project Aims to Bring PLoS-Style Openness to the Humanities". The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved 19 November 2013. 
  17. ^ Dobbs, David (6 January 2012). "Congress Considers Paywalling Science You Already Paid For". wired.com. Retrieved 12 February 2012.