Susan Gerbi

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Susan Gerbi
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Alpert Medical School faculty photo, 2003
Born1944 (age 73–74)
Alma materBarnard College (B.A., 1965)
Yale University (M.A., 1968) (PhD, 1970)
AwardsState of Rhode Island Governor's Award for Scientific Achievement (1993)
Scientific career
InstitutionsMax Planck Institute
Brown University
Thesis (1970)

Susan Gerbi (born 1944) is the George Eggleston Professor of Biochemistry and a professor of biology at Brown University.

Early life and education[edit]

Susan Gerbi received her B.A. degree in zoology from Barnard College in 1965.[1] She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Max-Planck-Institut für Biologie in Tübingen, Germany.

Research career[edit]

Gerbi received her PhD from Yale University in 1970 for her work with Joseph Gall; she and Gall developed the technique of in situ hybridization, which is used to localize RNA or DNA in tissue.[2] After earning her doctorate, she completed a fellowship at the Max Planck Institute before returning to the United States and establishing her own laboratory. Between 1998 and 2001, she published research detailing a method to determine the nucleotide where DNA replication begins for a gene and showed that in yeast and other eukaryotes, this site is adjacent to the origin recognition complex binding site. Her recent research has covered conservation of ribosomal RNA sequences between prokaryotes and eukaryotes, as well as the role of small nucleolar RNA (a subset of small nuclear RNA) during ribosomal RNA post-translational modification.[2]

Awards and honors[edit]

Gerbi was the President of the American Society for Cell Biology in 1993.[2][3] In 1991, she chaired the Society's Women in Cell Biology Committee, which was made an official standing committee of the ASCB in 1992, an effort that Gerbi spearheaded.[4][5] Gerbi also received the State of Rhode Island Governor's award for Scientific Excellence.[2] She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science,[4] elected in 2008.[6] In 2013, she was honored by the National Women's History Project as one of 18 women honored in Women's History Month.[7] Gerbi is a founding board member of the Rosalind Franklin Society, which was formed in 2007.[8][4][9]


  1. ^ "Dr. Susan Gerbi '65 chosen as a Women's History Month honoree". Barnard Alumnae. Retrieved 2013-10-17.
  2. ^ a b c d "Susan Gerbi". Brown University. Retrieved October 11, 2013.
  3. ^ "ASCB Past Presidents". American Society for Cell Biology. Retrieved October 11, 2013.
  4. ^ a b c Stacey, Kevin (December 19, 2012). "National Women's History Month honors two Brown faculty". Brown University. Retrieved October 15, 2013.
  5. ^ Kane, Caroline M.; Williams, Laura (December 1, 1996). "Affirmative Action in the Biological Sciences". American Society for Cell Biology. Retrieved October 15, 2013.
  6. ^ "Fellows". American Association for the Advancement of Science. Retrieved October 15, 2013.
  7. ^ "2013 Honorees". National Women's History Project. Retrieved October 15, 2013.
  8. ^ "Board/Officers". Rosalind Franklin Society. November 3, 2011. Retrieved October 15, 2013.
  9. ^ Rubinger, Karla Shepard (February 28, 2007). "Rosalind Franklin Society Inaugural Meeting to Focus on Women in Science". Rosalind Franklin Society. Retrieved October 15, 2013.