Richard Losick

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Richard Losick

Richard Losick (born 1943) is an American molecular biologist whose research interests include RNA polymerase, sigma factors, regulation of gene transcription, and bacterial development, being especially noted for his investigations of endospore formation in Gram positive organisms such as Bacillus subtilis. Richard Losick is the Maria Moors Cabot Professor of Biology at Harvard University,[1] a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator,[2] Losick received his bachelor's degree from Princeton University in 1965, and his Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1969.[3] Along with Daniel Kahne, Robert Lue, and Susan Mango he teaches Life Sciences 1a, the introductory Biology/Chemistry course at Harvard College, which is the College's third largest lecture course.

He was the 2007 recipient of the Selman A. Waksman Award in Microbiology from the National Academy of Sciences and the 2009 recipient of the Gairdner Foundation International Award.[4] In 2012 he was awarded Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize from Columbia University.


  1. ^ "Faculty Profile: Richard M Losick". Harvard University. Retrieved 29 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Our Scientists: Richard M. Losick, PhD". Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Retrieved 29 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Richard Losick: Developmental Biology of a Simple Organism - Speaker Bio". iBiology. Retrieved 29 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Selman A. Waksman Award in Microbiology". National Academy of Sciences. Archived from the original on 12 January 2011. Retrieved 29 May 2011.

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