Anthony P. Bretscher

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Anthony P. Bretscher (born September 8, 1950 in Harwell, Berkshire, England) is a professor of cell biology at Cornell University in the Department of Molecular Biology & Genetics in the College of Arts and Sciences.

After training as a physicist at the University of Cambridge, Dr. Bretscher earned his Ph.D. in genetics from the University of Leeds. From there, he was a European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) Fellow in the Department of Biochemistry at Stanford University. He then went as a Max Planck Society Fellow to the Department of Biochemistry in the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen, Germany to work with Klaus Weber. In 1980, he was appointed to the faculty in the Cell Biology Department at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He relocated to Cornell in 1981.[1]

The Bretscher lab studies how microfilaments contribute to cell organization and cell polarity. The lab also studies how microfilaments contribute to membrane trafficking and cell signaling pathways.


  1. ^ "Meet the Faculty" (Press release). Weill Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology. 2009-03-01. Retrieved 2009-04-21.