James E. Darnell

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James E. Darnell
Born (1930-09-09) September 9, 1930 (age 86)
Columbus, Mississippi
Residence United States
Citizenship United States
Alma mater
Known for
  • Original discovery of RNA processing in eukaryotes.
  • Determined how extracellular proteins (cytokines) stimulates nuclear gene expression.
Notable awards Albany Medical Center Prize (2012)[2]
Albert Lasker Special Achievement Award (2002)
National Medal of Science (2002)[3]
Canada Gairdner International Award (1986)[4]
James E. Darnell receiving the 2002 National Medal of Science

James Edwin Darnell Jr. (born September 9, 1930 - Columbus, Mississippi)[5] is an American biologist who made significant contributions to RNA processing and cytokine signaling and is author of the cell biology textbook Molecular Cell Biology.

In 2004, he was elected a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.



  1. ^ Strong, Colby (June 11, 1990). "People: James E. Darnell, Jr., Is Appointed Chief Academic Officer At Rockefeller University". The Scientist. 4 (12). 
  2. ^ "'Towering Figures' in Cell Research to Share Albany Medical Center Prize". Albany Medical Center. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "President's National Medal of Science, James E. Darnell". National Science Foundation. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "Canada Gairdner International Award Recipient James E. Darnell MD". Gairdner Foundation. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  5. ^ Laureates of the 2002 National Medal of Science
  6. ^ National Science Foundation - The President's National Medal of Science

External links[edit]

  1. ^ "Laboratory of Molecular Cell Biology". The Rockefeller University. Retrieved 12 February 2015.