Dana Carroll

University of Utah

Primary Section: 21, Biochemistry
Secondary Section: 26, Genetics
Membership Type: Member (elected 2017)


Dana Carroll is a molecular biologist/biochemist who works largely in the area of DNA repair and recombination. He is best known for his development of genome editing by programmable DNA cleavage, beginning with zinc-finger nucleases. Carroll was born in California and grew up largely in Bethesda, Maryland. He obtained with a BA degree from Swarthmore College, and a PhD from University of California, Berkeley, both in Chemistry. He pursued postdoctoral research with John Paul at the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research in Glasgow, Scotland, and with Donald Brown at the Carnegie Institution Department of Embryology in Baltimore. He joined the University of Utah faculty in 1975 and served as Chair of the Department of Biochemistry from 1985-2009. He received the Novitski Prize from the Genetics Society of America and the Sober Lectureship Award from the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Research Interests

I have closed my research lab, but I remain interested in genome editing technology, including CRISPR, TALENs, ZFNs, and their applications in research, medicine and agriculture.

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