34 Notable alumni of
Rockefeller University

Rockefeller University is 1155th in the world, 421st in North America, and 395th in the United States by aggregated alumni prominence. Below is the list of 34 notable alumni from Rockefeller University sorted by their wiki pages popularity. The directory includes famous graduates and former students along with research and academic staff. 38 individuals affiliated with Rockefeller University won Nobel Prizes in Physics, Chemistry, and Physiology or Medicine.

  1. Ōsumi Yoshinori

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    Ōsumi Yoshinori
    Awards
    Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2016
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1945-.. (age 76)
    Enrolled in Rockefeller University
    Studied in 1974-1977
    Occupations
    biologist
    Biography

    Yoshinori Ohsumi is a Japanese cell biologist specializing in autophagy, the process that cells use to destroy and recycle cellular components. Ohsumi is a professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology's Institute of Innovative Research. He received the Kyoto Prize for Basic Sciences in 2012, the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, and the 2017 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences for his discoveries of mechanisms for autophagy.

  2. Robert Sapolsky

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    Robert Sapolsky
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1957-.. (age 64)
    Enrolled in Rockefeller University
    Graduated with Doctor of Philosophy
    Occupations
    university teacherresearcherauthorwriterbiologist
    Biography

    Robert Morris Sapolsky is an American neuroendocrinology researcher and author. He is currently a professor of biology, and professor of neurology and neurological sciences and, by courtesy, neurosurgery, at Stanford University. In addition, he is a research associate at the National Museums of Kenya.

  3. Manuel Elkin Patarroyo Murillo

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    Manuel Elkin Patarroyo Murillo
    Born in
    Colombia Flag Colombia
    Years
    1946-.. (age 75)
    Occupations
    physicianpathologistimmunologist
    Biography

    Manuel Elkin Patarroyo Murillo is a Colombian Professor of Pathology and Immunology who made the world's first attempt to create a synthetic vaccine against a parasite called the protozoa Plasmodium falciparum that causes severe malaria, a disease that causes death (~1.5 million people per year) in tropical and subtropical regions, including parts of the Americas, Asia, and Africa.

  4. Barbara Ehrenreich

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    Barbara Ehrenreich
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1941-.. (age 80)
    Occupations
    journalistwriterhistoriannovelistessayist
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    Barbara Ehrenreich is an American author and political activist who describes herself as "a myth buster by trade" and has been called "a veteran muckraker" by The New Yorker. During the 1980s and early 1990s she was a prominent figure in the Democratic Socialists of America. She is a widely read and award-winning columnist and essayist, and author of 21 books. Ehrenreich is perhaps best known for her 2001 book Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America. A memoir of Ehrenreich's three-month experiment surviving on minimum wage as a waitress, hotel maid, house cleaner, nursing-home aide, and Wal-Mart clerk, it was described by Newsweek magazine as "jarring" and "full of riveting grit," and by The New Yorker as an "exposé" putting "human flesh on the bones of such abstractions as 'living wage' and 'affordable housing'." She is a recipient of a Lannan Literary Award.

  5. David Baltimore

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    David Baltimore
    Awards
    Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1975
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1938-.. (age 83)
    Occupations
    virologistuniversity teachermicrobiologist
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    David Baltimore is an American biologist, university administrator, and 1975 Nobel laureate in Physiology or Medicine. He is currently President Emeritus and Distinguished Professor of Biology at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), where he served as president from 1997 to 2006. He also served as the director of the Joint Center for Translational Medicine, which joined Caltech and UCLA in a program to translate basic scientific discoveries into clinical realities. He also formerly served as president of Rockefeller University from 1990 to 1991, founder and Director of the Whitehead Institute of Biomedical Research from 1982 to 1990, and was president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2007.

  6. Miriam Adelson

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    Miriam Adelson
    Born in
    Israel Flag Israel
    Years
    1945-.. (age 76)
    Occupations
    publisherphysician
    Biography

    Miriam Adelson is an Israeli American physician. After her marriage to American business magnate Sheldon Adelson in 1991, she became a donor to conservative political causes in the United States and Israel. They donated to the Donald Trump 2016 presidential campaign, his presidential inauguration, his defense fund against the Mueller investigation into Russian interference and the 2020 campaign.

  7. Rocky Tuan

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    Rocky Tuan
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1951-.. (age 70)
    Occupations
    engineer
    Biography

    Rocky Sung-chi Tuan is a Hong Kong medical researcher and bioengineer, currently the vice-chancellor and president of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he served as Distinguished Visiting Professor and Director of the Institute for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine prior to taking up the vice-chancellorship. Previously he was on the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh, where he held a number of roles: Arthur J. Rooney Sr. Professor of Sports Medicine and the Executive Vice Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, and a professor in the Department of Bioengineering. He was the director of the Center for Military Medicine Research and an associate director of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine. Despite his position in Hong Kong, he continues to serve as the Director of the University of Pittsburgh's Center for Cellular and Molecular Engineering. For the 2018 fiscal year, he was one of the top 25 highest paid University of Pittsburgh employees.

  8. Ralph Steinman

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    Ralph Steinman
    Awards
    Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2011
    Born in
    Canada Flag Canada
    Years
    1943-2011 (aged 68)
    Occupations
    biologistimmunologistphysicianresearcherprofessor
    Biography

    Ralph Marvin Steinman was a Canadian physician and medical researcher at Rockefeller University, who in 1973 discovered and named dendritic cells while working as a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Zanvil A. Cohn, also at Rockefeller University. Steinman was one of the recipients of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

  9. Gerald Edelman

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    Gerald Edelman
    Awards
    Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1972
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1929-2014 (aged 85)
    Occupations
    biologistimmunologistneuroscientistuniversity teacherneurologist
    Biography

    Gerald Maurice Edelman was an American biologist who shared the 1972 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for work with Rodney Robert Porter on the immune system. Edelman's Nobel Prize-winning research concerned discovery of the structure of antibody molecules. In interviews, he has said that the way the components of the immune system evolve over the life of the individual is analogous to the way the components of the brain evolve in a lifetime. There is a continuity in this way between his work on the immune system, for which he won the Nobel Prize, and his later work in neuroscience and in philosophy of mind.

  10. Peter J. Hotez

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    Peter J. Hotez
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1958-.. (age 63)
    Occupations
    researcherpediatrician
    Biography

    Peter Jay Hotez is an American scientist, pediatrician, and advocate in the fields of global health, vaccinology, and neglected tropical disease control. He serves as founding dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine, Professor of Pediatrics and Molecular Virology & Microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine, where he is also Director of the Texas Children's Hospital Center for Vaccine Development and Texas Children’s Hospital Endowed Chair in Tropical Pediatrics, and University Professor of Biology at Baylor University. Hotez served previously as President of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and is a founding Editor-in-Chief of PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. He is also the co-director of Parasites Without Borders, a global nonprofit organization with a focus on those suffering from parasitic diseases in subtropical environments.

  11. Seth Lloyd

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    Seth Lloyd
    Years
    1960-.. (age 61)
    Occupations
    physicistengineeracademicnon-fiction writercomputer scientist
    Biography

    Seth Lloyd is a professor of mechanical engineering and physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

  12. David Albert

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    David Albert
    Years
    1954-.. (age 67)
    Enrolled in Rockefeller University
    In 1981 graduated with Doctor of Philosophy
    Occupations
    philosopherphysicist
    Biography

    David Z. Albert is Frederick E. Woodbridge Professor of Philosophy and Director of the M.A. Program in The Philosophical Foundations of Physics at Columbia University in New York.

  13. Odile Jacob

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    Odile Jacob
    Years
    1954-.. (age 67)
    Occupations
    publisherpsychologist
    Biography

    Odile Jacob is a French publisher who founded Les Éditions Odile Jacob in the middle of the 1980s. She is also a trained scientist, studying the workings of the brain, the mind and thought. She is a member of Le Siècle.

  14. Peter Walter

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    Peter Walter
    Born in
    Germany Flag Germany
    Years
    1954-.. (age 67)
    Occupations
    biologistmolecular biologistbiochemistuniversity teacher
    Biography

    Peter Walter is a German-American molecular biologist and biochemist and Professor at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Investigator

  15. Rafael Yuste

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    Rafael Yuste
    Born in
    Spain Flag Spain
    Years
    1963-.. (age 58)
    Enrolled in Rockefeller University
    1987-1992 graduated with Doctor of Philosophy in neurobiology
    Occupations
    neurobiologistuniversity teacherresearcher
    Biography

    Rafael Yuste is a Spanish-American neurobiologist and one of the initiators of the BRAIN Initiative announced in 2013.

  16. Bruce McEwen

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    Bruce McEwen
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1938-2020 (aged 82)
    Occupations
    neuroscientistresearcher
    Biography

    Bruce Sherman McEwen was an American neuroendocrinologist and head of the Harold and Margaret Milliken Hatch Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology at Rockefeller University. He was known for his work on the effects of environmental and psychological stress, having coined the term allostatic load.

  17. Jeffrey M. Friedman

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    Jeffrey M. Friedman
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1954-.. (age 67)
    Occupations
    geneticistuniversity teacher
    Biography

    Jeffrey M. Friedman is a molecular geneticist at New York City's Rockefeller University and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. His discovery of the hormone leptin and its role in regulating body weight has had a major role in the area of human obesity. Friedman is a physician scientist studying the genetic mechanisms that regulate body weight. His research on various aspects of obesity received national attention in late 1994, when it was announced that he and his colleagues had isolated the mouse ob gene and its human homologue. They subsequently found that injections of the encoded protein, leptin, decreases body weight of mice by reducing food intake and increasing energy expenditure. Current research is aimed at understanding the genetic basis of obesity in human and the mechanisms by which leptin transmits its weight-reducing signal.

  18. Nina Fedoroff

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    Nina Fedoroff
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1942-.. (age 79)
    Enrolled in Rockefeller University
    In 1972 graduated with Doctor of Philosophy
    Occupations
    university teachergeneticist
    Biography

    Nina Vsevolod Fedoroff is an American molecular biologist known for her research in life sciences and biotechnology, especially transposable elements or jumping genes. and plant stress response. In 2007, President George W. Bush awarded her the National Medal of Science, she is also a member of the United States National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the European Academy of Sciences, and the American Academy of Microbiology.

  19. Stephen Grossberg

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    Stephen Grossberg
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1939-.. (age 82)
    Occupations
    mathematicianuniversity teacher
    Biography

    Stephen Grossberg is a cognitive scientist, theoretical and computational psychologist, neuroscientist, mathematician, biomedical engineer, and neuromorphic technologist. He is the Wang Professor of Cognitive and Neural Systems and a Professor Emeritus of Mathematics & Statistics, Psychological & Brain Sciences, and Biomedical Engineering at Boston University.

  20. Chang Yi Wang

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    Chang Yi Wang
    Born in
    Taiwan Flag Taiwan
    Years
    1951-.. (age 70)
    Occupations
    chairpersonentrepreneur
    Biography

    Chang Yi Wang is the founder of United Biomedical, Inc. (UBI), headquartered in Hauppauge, New York, and its group of companies in Asia.

  21. Vanessa Ruta

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    Vanessa Ruta
    Born in
    Mexico Flag Mexico
    Years
    1974-.. (age 47)
    Occupations
    neuroscientistresearcher
    Biography

    Vanessa Julia Ruta, Ph.D. is an American neuroscientist known for her work on the structure and function of chemosensory circuits underlying innate and learned behaviors in the fly Drosophila melanogaster. She is the Gabrielle H. Reem and Herbert J. Kayden Associate Professor and Head of the Laboratory of Neurophysiology and Behavior at The Rockefeller University.

  22. Daniel W. Stroock

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    Daniel W. Stroock
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1940-.. (age 81)
    Occupations
    mathematician
    Biography

    Daniel Wyler Stroock is an American mathematician, a probabilist. He is regarded as one of the fundamental contributors to Malliavin Calculus with Shigeo Kusuoka and the theory of diffusion processes with S. R. Srinivasa Varadhan with an orientation towards the refinement and further development of Itô’s stochastic calculus.

  23. Olaf Sporns

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    Olaf Sporns
    Born in
    Germany Flag Germany
    Years
    1963-.. (age 58)
    Enrolled in Rockefeller University
    In 1990 graduated with Doctor of Philosophy
    Occupations
    neuroscientistteacheropinion journalistpsychologist
    Biography

    Olaf Sporns is Provost Professor in Psychological and Brain Sciences at Indiana University and Scientific Co-Director of the Indiana University Network Science Institute. He is also the founding editor of the academic journal Network Neuroscience, published by MIT Press.

  24. Anthony Cerami

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    Anthony Cerami
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1940-.. (age 81)
    Occupations
    scientistbiochemist
    Biography

    Anthony Cerami is an American entrepreneur and medical research scientist.

  25. Amos Smith

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    Amos Smith
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1944-.. (age 77)
    Occupations
    chemist
    Biography

    Amos B. Smith III is an American chemist.

  26. M. R. C. Greenwood

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    M. R. C. Greenwood
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1943-.. (age 78)
    Occupations
    academic administrator
    Biography

    Mary Rita Cooke Greenwood is a nationally recognized leader in higher education, nutrition, and health sciences. Additionally, her research has been extensively published, internationally recognized, and has earned awards.

  27. Marina Picciotto

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    Marina Picciotto
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1963-.. (age 58)
    Occupations
    neuroscientist
    Biography

    Marina Rachel Picciotto is an American neuroscientist known for her work on the role of nicotine in addiction, memory, and reward behaviors. She is the Charles B. G. Murphy Professor of Psychiatry and professor in the Child Study Center and the Departments of Neuroscience and of Pharmacology at the Yale University School of Medicine. Since 2015, she has been editor-in-chief of the Journal of Neuroscience.

  28. Hazel Sive

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    Hazel Sive
    Years
    1956-.. (age 65)
    Occupations
    biologistuniversity teacher
    Biography

    Hazel L. Sive is a South African-born biologist and educator. She is a Member of Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, Professor of Biology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Associate Member of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. Sive studies development of the vertebrate embryo, and has made unique contributions to understanding how the face forms and how the brain develops its normal structure. Her lab also seeks to understand the origins of neurological and neurodevelopmental disorders, such as epilepsy, autism, Pitt–Hopkins syndrome and 16p11.2 deletion syndrome. In December 2019 it was announced that she will become the Dean of the College of Science at Northeastern University in June 2020.

  29. Bruce R. Korf

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    Bruce R. Korf
    Years
    1944-.. (age 77)
    Occupations
    physiciangeneticist
    Biography

    Bruce R. Korf is a medical geneticist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In April 2009, he began a two-year term as president of the American College of Medical Genetics, a professional organization.

  30. Linda-Gail Bekker

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    Linda-Gail Bekker
    Born in
    Zimbabwe Flag Zimbabwe
    Years
    1962-.. (age 59)
    Occupations
    physicianuniversity teacherHIV activist
    Biography

    Linda-Gail Bekker MBChB, DTMH, DCH, FCP is a Professor of Medicine and Chief Operating Officer of the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation. She is also Director of the Desmund Tutu HIV Centre at the University of Cape Town. She is a Past President of the International AIDS Society (2016-18).

  31. Erik van Nimwegen

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    Erik van Nimwegen
    Born in
    Netherlands Flag Netherlands
    Years
    1970-.. (age 51)
    Occupations
    university teacher
    Biography

    Erik van Nimwegen is a Dutch computational biologist and Professor at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel, Switzerland.

  32. Marius Sudol

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    Marius Sudol
    Born in
    Poland Flag Poland
    Years
    1954-.. (age 67)
    Occupations
    biologist
    Biography

    Marius Sudol is an American molecular and cellular biologist. He was born in 1954 in Tarnow, Poland. In 1978, he immigrated to the United States to study at The Rockefeller University in New York City, where he received his Ph.D. in 1983. He is currently an Adjunct Faulty at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in NYC.

  33. Nina Papavasiliou

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    Nina Papavasiliou
    Years
    20th Century
    Occupations
    immunologist
    Biography

    Nina Papavasiliou is an immunologist and Helmholtz Professor in the Division of Immune Diversity at the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg, Germany. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the Rockefeller University, where she was previously Associate Professor and head of the Laboratory of Lymphocyte Biology. She is best known for her work in the fields of DNA and RNA editing.

  34. Jessica R. Barson

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    Jessica R. Barson
    Occupations
    neuroscientist
    Biography

    Jessica Barson is an American neuroscientist and Associate Professor at Drexel University College of Medicine. Barson investigates neuropeptide signalling in the paraventricular nucleus of the thalamus as well as the nucleus accumbens to understand the neurobiological basis of addiction and elucidate targets for therapy.