Sean B. Carroll
|Sean B. Carroll|
|Fields||Evolutionary developmental biology|
|Institutions||University of Wisconsin–Madison, University of Colorado at Boulder|
|Alma mater||Washington University in St. Louis (B.S.), Tufts University (Ph.D.)|
|Doctoral advisor||B. David Stollar|
|Other academic advisors||Matthew P. Scott|
|Notable awards||Presidential Young Investigator Award
Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Science
Sean B. Carroll (born September 17, 1960) is a professor of molecular biology, genetics, and medical genetics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He studies the evolution of cis-regulation in the context of biological development, using Drosophila as a model system. He is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. Since 2010, he has been vice-president for science education of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
Carroll is at the forefront of a field known as evolutionary developmental biology ("evo-devo"). He is also the author of Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo and the Making of the Animal Kingdom, one of the first popular summary narratives of the field. He is a professor of genetics, medical genetics, and molecular biology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and an investigator for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Additionally, he writes a monthly column for the New York Times called "Remarkable Creatures." He is a strong advocate of the primacy of cis-regulatory evolution in the context of morphological evolution.
He is also the author of The Making of the Fittest: DNA and the Ultimate Forensic Record of Evolution, in which he argues for the irrefutable existence of natural selection by detailing numerous examples of DNA which has recently been traced from current species to long extinct ones.
- From DNA to Diversity: Molecular Genetics and the Evolution of Animal Design, with Jennifer Grenier and Scott Weatherbee (2004, Wiley-Blackwell; ISBN 1-4051-1950-0)
- Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo and the Making of the Animal Kingdom (2005, W. W. Norton & Company; ISBN 0-393-06016-0)
- The Making of the Fittest: DNA and the Ultimate Forensic Record of Evolution (2006, W. W. Norton & Company; ISBN 0-393-06163-9)
- Into the Jungle: Great Adventures in the Search for Evolution (2008, Benjamin Cummings; ISBN 0-321-55671-2)
- Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origin of Species (2009, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; ISBN 0-15-101485-X)
- Brave Genius: A Scientist, a Philosopher, and Their Daring Adventures from the French Resistance to the Nobel Prize (2013, Crown; ISBN 0-307-95233-9)
- Sean B. Carroll, HHMI Vice President for Science Education | Howard Hughes Medical Institute. HHMI. Retrieved on 2013-10-22.
- "Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Science". Franklin Institute. 2012. Retrieved April 6, 2013.
- Who's Who in America, 2008 Edition, Vol. 1 p. 728
- Cohn, Martin J. (2001). "Review of From DNA to Diversity". Evolution & Development 3 (5): 364–365.
- Official website
- Howard Hughes Medical Institute biography for Sean B. Carroll
- An excerpt from Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo
- Scientific American article "Regulating Evolution: How Gene Switches Make Life"
- The New York Times article "From a Few Genes, Life’s Myriad Shapes"
- NPR:Talk of the Nation, October 20, 2006 podcast "Author Uses DNA Record to Argue Evolution"
- Video of Sean B. Carroll's lecture: "Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origins of Species" at the Quantum to Cosmos Festival.