Shirley M. Tilghman

Shirley M. Tilghman

President Emerita and professor of molecular biology, Princeton University

Shirley M. Tilghman, a mammalian developmental geneticist, returned to teaching in 2013 after serving as Princeton University’s 19th president beginning in 2001. During her earlier research career, she studied the way in which genes are organized in the genome and regulated during early development and was a member of the team that cloned the first mammalian gene. She was one of the founding members of the National Advisory Council of the Human Genome Project for the National Institutes of Health. A member of the Princeton faculty since 1986, she is an Officer of the Order of Canada and the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Developmental Biology, the Genetics Society of America Medal, and the L’Oreal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science. She is a member of the American Philosophical Society, the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine and The Royal Society of London. She serves as a trustee of Amherst College, the Institute for Advanced Study, the Simons Foundation, and the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. She also serves on the Science Advisory Board of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, is a director of The Broad Institute and is a Fellow of the Corporation of Harvard College.


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