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


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