Dr. Simon received his B.S. from City College of New York and his Ph.D. from Brandeis University. After completing a postdoc at Princeton University, he joined the University of California, San Diego. In 1982 he moved to the Division of Biology at Caltech, where he served as the Biaggini Professor of Biological Sciences, and is currently Emeritus. In 2007 he returned to UCSD as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and retired in 2013. Dr. Simon received a Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, was elected to the NAS, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and received the Waxman award from the NAS in 1991. He served as Chairman of the Division of Biology at Caltech from 1995-2000. Dr. Simon is Chairman of the Board of Agouron Institute and was a founding member of Agouron Pharmaceuticals. He was a founder and member of the Board of Diversa (aka Verenium) Corporation. He served as a member of the Advisory Board of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Israel Institute of Technology (Technion), the Hutchinson Institute, the Board of Governors of the American Society of Microbiology, and on advisory committees for the NIH, the NSF and the DOE. Dr. Simon also serves on the Editorial Board of a number of journals and is co-editor-in-chief of the Methods in Enzymology series.

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My interests are molecular biology, microbiology, biological regulatory mechanisms, chemosensory mechanisms, and genetic recombination.

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Section 26: Genetics