Philosophy

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. 

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Former Staff Associates


 

 

Pat Gearhart

1979-1981 

Senior Investigator, 
National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health

     
 

Steve McKnight

1979-1981

Professor; Distinguished Chair in Basic Biomedical Research,
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

Associate Professor, Biochemistry; Vice Chair for Education,
Case Western Reserve University

     
 

David Schwartz

1985-1989

Kellett Professor of Chemistry and Genetics,
University of Wisconsin, Madison

     
   

Phil Beachy

1985-1989

The Ernest and Amelia Gallo Professor in the School of Medicine;
Professor of Urology, of Developmental Biology, and by courtesy,
of Chemical and Systems Biology,
Stanford University School of Medicine 

       
   

Andy Fire

1986-1989

Staff Member, Carnegie Embryology, 1989-2003;
Professor, Departments of Pathology and Genetics;
Stanford University School of Medicine 2003-1989;
Nobel Prize Physiology or Medicine, 2006.

       
   

Se-Jin Lee

1989-1991

Professor Emeritus, Molecular Biology and Genetics,
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

 
       
   

Denise Montell

1989-1992

Duggan Professor; Distinguished Professor,
Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology,
University of California, Santa Barbara

 
       
   

Nipam Patel

1991-1995

Director, 
Marine Biological Laboratory

       
   

Catherine Thompson

1992-1996

Consultant,
CCThompson Consulting

       
   

Susan Dymecki

1993-1998

Professor, Genetics,
Harvard Medical School

       
   

Pernille Rørth

1995-1998

Novelist; former 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; Investigator,
Howard Hughes Medical Institute

       
   

Jimo Borjigin

1998-2003

Associate Professor, Molecular & Integrative Physiology; 
Associate Professor, Neurology,
University of Michigan

       
   

Erika Matunis

1998-2003

Professor, Department of Cell Biology,
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

       
   

Terence Murphy

1999-2005

Project Researcher, NCBI,
National Institutes of Health

       
   

Jim Wilhelm

2000-2006

Associate Professor, Cell and Developmental Biology,
University of California, San Diego

       
   

Alex Schreiber

2003-2008

Associate Professor of Biology;
R. Sheldon and Virginia H. Johnson Chair in the Sciences,
St. Lawrence University

       
   

Judith Yanowitz

2003-2009

Assistant Professor, OB/GYN and Reproductive Sciences,
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine;
Magee-Womens Research Institute

       
   

David MacPherson

2005-2012

Assistant Member, Human Biology Division; 
Assistant Member, Public Health Sciences Division,

Fred Hutch

       
   

Jeffrey Han

2006-2013

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology,
Tulane University Health Sciences Center

       
   

Christoph Lepper

2011-2018

Assistant Professor, Physiology and Cell Biology
The Ohio State University College of Medicine

       
   

Zhao Zhang (ZZ)

2014-2019

Assistant Professor,
Duke University School of Medicine