Elliot Meyerowitz

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Elliot Meyerowitz
Born (1951-05-22) May 22, 1951 (age 70)
Alma materColumbia University (A.B., 1973)
Yale University (Ph.D., 1977)
AwardsGenetics Society of America Medal (1996)
International Prize for Biology (1997)
Richard Lounsbery Award (1999)
Wilbur Cross Medal (2001)
Harrison Prize (2005)
Balzan Prize (2006)
Scientific career
InstitutionsCalifornia Institute of Technology
Notable studentsAnthony Bleecker, John Bowman, Caren Chang, Xuemei Chen, Elizabeth Haswell, Jian Hua, Steve Jacobsen, Yuling Jiao, Henrik Jönsson, Marcus Heisler, Beth Krizek, Jeff Long, Hong Ma, Zachary Nimchuck, Venu Reddy, José Luis Riechmann, Mark Running, Robert Sablowski, Hajime Sakai, Detlef Weigel, Frank Wellmer, Marty Yanofsky, Doris Wagner

Elliot Meyerowitz (born May 22, 1951) is an American biologist.


Meyerowitz did his undergraduate work at Columbia University (A.B. in biology, 1973), where he worked part-time in the laboratory of Cyrus Levinthal on combined microscopic and computational methods for tracing axons and dendritic trees in the nervous systems of fish. His graduate work was in the Department of Biology at Yale University (Ph.D. 1977), where he worked in the laboratory of Douglas Kankel on the interaction of eye and brain development in Drosophila, by use of genetic mosaics. From 1977 to 1979 he was a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of David Hogness in the Biochemistry Department at the Stanford University School of Medicine, developing and using methods for the molecular cloning of genes in the early days of gene cloning and genomics. Since 1980 he has been a faculty member in the Division of Biology at the California Institute of Technology, where he served as division chair from 2000 to 2010, and where he is now George W. Beadle Professor of Biology. Between 2011 and 2013, he was appointed as inaugural director of the Sainsbury Laboratory at the University of Cambridge and elected into a professorship in the university, and a professorial fellow at Trinity College, while on leave from the California Institute of Technology.

Meyerowitz was a Drosophila melanogaster expert before he became a pioneer of Arabidopsis thaliana research. Dr. Meyerowitz is well known for his contributions on the genetic and molecular basis of plant hormone reception, and on the molecular mechanisms of pattern formation during flower and shoot apical meristem development. More recently, he has turned his attention to physical models of shoot morphogenesis. He has trained many of the current leaders in modern plant biology, including Xuemei Chen, Steven Jacobsen, Marty Yanofsky and Detlef Weigel.

Meyerowitz is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1991), the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (1995), and the American Philosophical Society (1998), and is a foreign member of the French Académie des Sciences (2002) and the Royal Society (2004).

Among the awards he has received are the Genetics Society of America Medal in 1996, the International Prize for Biology from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science in 1997, the Richard Lounsbery Award from the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 1999, the Wilbur Cross Medal of Yale University in 2001, the Harrison Prize of the International Society of Developmental Biologists in 2005 and the Balzan Prize for "Plant Molecular Genetics" in 2006 (with Chris R. Somerville).

He is a member of the editorial board of eight leading journals in genetics, genomics, and developmental biology, and has served as president of the International Society for Plant Molecular Biology (1995–1997), the Genetics Society of America (1999)[1] and the Society for Developmental Biology (2005–2006).


  1. ^ "Past and Present GSA Officers". GSA. Archived from the original on 4 December 2018. Retrieved 27 November 2018.

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