Shirley Tilghman


Sept. 17, 1946, Toronto, Ontario


B.Sc., Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario (1968)

Ph.D. in biochemistry, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa. (1975)

Professional experience

1968-1970 -- Secondary school teacher, Sierra Leone, West Africa

1975-1977 -- Fogarty International Fellow, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md.

1978-1979 -- Assistant Professor, Fels Research Institute, Temple University School of Medicine

1979-1986 -- Member, Institute for Cancer Research, Philadelphia, Pa.

1980-1986 -- Adjunct associate professor of human genetics and biochemistry and biophysics, University of Pennsylvania

1986-present -- The Howard Prior Professor of the Life Sciences, Princeton University

1988-present -- Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute. HHMI, located in Chevy Chase, Md., relieves exceptional scientists of much of the burden of grant-writing by taking over their salaries, hiring their technical staffs and funding most of their lab expenses

1988-present -- Adjunct professor, Department of Biochemistry, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

1993-2000 -- Chair, Council on Science and Technology, Princeton University

1998-present -- Director, Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, Princeton University

Organizations, editorial boards, advisory committees, honors

• Foreign associate, U.S. National Academy of Sciences

• Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences

• Recipient, President's Award for Distinguished Teaching, Princeton University

• National Advisory Council, National Center for Human Genome Research, 1991-1996

• Current advisory board or board of trustees member of numerous institutions, including Rockefeller University, National Institutes of Health, the Jackson Laboratory and the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Sciences of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

• Member of editorial board of the journal Genes and Development


May 21, 2001
Vol. 90, No. 28
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New president
Professor named 19th president
Time is right for Tilghman
Reaction enthusiastic for new leader
Family comes first for new president
Shirley Tilghman bio

Life sciences
Search is on for genomics institute head
Silver: Doubling not necessarily troubling
Landweber tracks changes in genetic code
Virus leaves trail in brain for researchers

Students and alumni
Thesis sparks thriving teacher corps
Recent grad's first novel attracts attention
Student teaching builds bridges
New program preps local students for success

Other news
Merck funds professorship to honor alumnus
Hair colors literary, artistic representations
Class size makes a difference

Remaining discretionary funds to increase staff salaries
Doig announces retirement
Barron is new women's hoops coach
Thirteen faculty members transfer to emeritus status

By the numbers: Reunions
Nassau Notes
Calendar of events

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