Gerald M. Rubin is a senior group leader at the Janelia Research Campus of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Dr. Rubin received his bachelor’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and then worked at MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, earning his Ph.D. in 1974 (University of Cambridge). He did postdoctoral work with David S. Hogness at the Stanford University School of Medicine and held faculty positions at Harvard Medical School and the Carnegie Institution of Science before moving to the University of California, Berkeley, in 1983 to assume the John D. MacArthur Professorship of Genetics. Rubin was appointed an HHMI investigator in 1987. He moved to HHMI headquarters as a vice president in 2000 and assumed overall planning responsibility for the Janelia Research Campus in 2002 and served as its first director from 2003 until 2020. He is known for his studies of genetics, genomics, developmental biology and neuroscience in the fruit fly Drosophila. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Foreign Member of The Royal Society (London).

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Dr. Rubin's current research interests are in basic neuroscience. He aims to discover evolutionarily conserved principles of how the brain processes information and controls behavior.

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Section 26: Genetics