Sean B. Carroll

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Sean B. Carroll
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Born Toledo, Ohio
Citizenship American
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 (ISBN 0-393-06016-0), 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 (ISBN 0-393-06163-9), 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.

In 2010, he was named vice-president for science education of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.[1]

In 2012, he was awarded the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Science from the Franklin Institute.[2]


Carroll received his bachelors at Washington University in St. Louis. He then received his Ph.D. in immunology from Tufts University.[3]



  1. ^ Sean B. Carroll, HHMI Vice President for Science Education | Howard Hughes Medical Institute. HHMI. Retrieved on 2013-10-22.
  2. ^ "Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Science". Franklin Institute. 2012. Retrieved April 6, 2013. 
  3. ^ Who's Who in America, 2008 Edition, Vol. 1 p. 728
  4. ^ Cohn, Martin J. (2001). "Review of From DNA to Diversity". Evolution & Development 3 (5): 364–365. 

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