Ira Herskowitz

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Ira Herskowitz (July 14, 1946 – April 28, 2003) was an American geneticist. He was noted for his work on cellular differentiation.[1]

He was born in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from the California Institute of Technology, and from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Ph.D. in 1971.[2] He taught at the University of Oregon. He moved to University of California, San Francisco in 1981, where he headed the Herskowitz lab.[3]

He was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2002, the National Academy of Sciences in 1986.[4] He died in San Francisco, California on April 28, 2003 of pancreatic cancer.[1]

James D. Watson said after his passing:

He was one of the people who made U.C.S.F. the most exciting place in the world for a younger scientist to be. A talk by Ira was always fun to listen to. And he approached science with a certain degree of idealism."[1]



  1. ^ a b c Duenwald, Mary (3 May 2003). "Ira Herskowitz, a Top Geneticist, Dies at 56". The New York Times.
  2. ^ Botstein, David (2004-02-01). "Ira Herskowitz: 1946-2003". Genetics. 166 (2): 653–660. doi:10.1534/genetics.166.2.653. ISSN 0016-6731. PMC 1470729. PMID 15020456.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-05-28. Retrieved 2010-04-04.
  4. ^ "Ira Herskowitz dies". May 25, 2003. Retrieved 2016-10-29.
  5. ^ "NAS Award for Scientific Reviewing". National Academy of Sciences. Archived from the original on 18 March 2011. Retrieved 27 February 2011.

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