Senior Advisory Board Member
Dr. Gerald M. Rubin
Vice President and Executive Director
Janelia Farm Research Campus
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Rubin was appointed an HHMI investigator in 1987. He moved to HHMI headquarters in 2000 and assumed overall planning responsibility for Janelia Farm in 2002 and was appointed its first director in 2003. He is known for his studies of genetics, genomics, and developmental biology in the fruit fly Drosophila. In 1982, he and Allan Spradling developed methods for making transgenic Drosophila, an advance that had a profound effect on research using the fruit fly.
His laboratory at Berkeley did pioneering studies using genetic approaches to discover components of signaling pathways acting downstream of tyrosine kinases. He later led the publicly funded effort to sequence the Drosophila genome, collaborating with Celera Genomics to achieve this goal in 2000. Dr. Rubin 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).
He has received numerous awards, including the American Chemical Society Eli Lilly Award in Biological Chemistry, the National Academy of Sciences U.S. Steel Foundation Award in Molecular Biology and the Genetics Society of America Medal.