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Erin O’Shea’s interest in science was sparked when she worked for a summer in a laboratory during her freshman year of college. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Smith College and then a Ph.D. in chemistry (which she completed in a mere two and a half years) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is currently an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Director of the Harvard FAS Center for Systems Biology, and Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard University.
Dr. O'Shea's current research focuses on the ways that cells "sense" changing environmental conditions, and how those cells coordinate their responses to those changing conditions. She is also interested in systems level and molecular analysis of signaling pathways, transcriptional regulation, and in developing methods for expressing and assaying the entire complement of proteins derived from an organism.
Last Updated: 12-10-2010
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