Maintaining a venue for promising but risky ventures has become especially important as the mainstream research system increasingly selects for projects that extend accepted wisdom, rather than challenge it. With regularity, Staff Associates question accepted dogma, venture in new directions, and pursue unproved, risk-prone projects long enough for hidden merits to be revealed. Staff Associates are independent junior faculty members who hold non-renewable faculty level appointments for up to five years. They may be appointed in lieu of or after completing a regular postdoctoral fellowship. It is a time for these young scientists to build a research program with no distractions. Staff Associates work at the bench in their own laboratory space, often with the help of a technician or summer student. While pursuing their research goals, Staff Associates remain closely connected to the Department, attending seminars and lab meetings with faculty groups of their choice. 

Former Staff Associates

Name Years Current Title/Position
Pat Gearhart 1979-1981 Senior Investigator, National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health
Steve McKnight 1980-1982 Chairman, Biochemistry, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Rick Rotundo 1982-1984 Professor, Cell Biology & Anatomy, University of Miami
Sondra Lazarowitz 1983-1990 Professor, Plant Pathology, Cornell University
Martin Snider 1983-1985 Professor, Biochemistry, Case Western Reserve
David Schwartz 1985-1989 Professor,Chemistry and Genetics, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Phil Beachy 1986-1988 Professor, Developmental Biology, Stanford University School of Medicine and Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Andy Fire 1986-1989 Professor, Departments of Pathology and Genetics, Stanford University School of Medicine
Se-Jin Lee 1989-1991 Professor, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Denise Montell 1989-1992 Professor, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara
Nipam Patel 1991-1995 Professor, Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley
Catherine Thompson 1992-1996 Consultant, CCThompson Consulting
Susan Dymecki 1993-1998 Professor, Genetics, Harvard Medical School
Pernille Rørth 1995-1998 Research Director, Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, A*Star
Alejandro Sánchez  1996-2002 Investigator, Developmental Genetics and Cell Biology, The Stowers Institute for Medical Research and Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Jimo Borjigin 1998-2003 Associate Professor, Physiology, University of Michigan
Erika Matunis 1998-2003 Associate Professor, Cell Biology and Anatomy, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Terence Murphy 1999-2005 Project Researcher, NCBI, National Institutes of Health
Jim Wilhelm 2000-2006 Assistant Professor of Biology, University of California, San Diego
Alex Schreiber 2003-2008 Assistant Professor of Biology, St. Lawrence University
Judith Yanowitz 2003-2009 Assistant Professor, OB/GYN and Reproductive Sciences, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Magee-Womens Research Institute
David MacPherson 2005-2012 Assistant Member, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Jeffrey Han 2006-2013 Assistant Professor, Tulane University Health Sciences Center