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 (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.
- 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
- 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.