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Michael Young

Keynote Lecture by

Michael W. Young, Ph.D.

Vice President of Academic Affairs
Richard and Jeanne Fisher Professor, Laboratory of Genetics
The Rockefeller University


Dr. Michael Young is a prominent geneticist and researcher in the field of circadian rhythms. Dr. Young’s work has identified many of the circadian clock genes using the model system, Drosophila melanogaster. His research has provided crucial insights into the function of clock genes that regulate molecular oscillations which direct the daily behaviors of living organisms. His work has wide implications in development, sleep and mood disorders, visual function, locomotion, metabolism, and learning and memory.

During his tenure at The Rockefeller University, Dr. Young directed the Rockefeller unit of the National Science Foundation’s Science and Technology Center for Biological Timing and was an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. In 2004 Dr. Young was named the university’s Vice President for Academic Affairs and Richard and Jeanne Fisher Professor.

Widely recognized for his work, Dr. Young is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. He is the recipient of the 2013 Shaw Prize in Life Science and Medicine, the 2013 Wiley Prize in Biomedical Science, the 2012 Canada Gairdner International Award, the 2012 Massry Prize, the 2011 Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize for Biology or Biochemistry, and the 2009 Neuroscience Prize of the Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation.