Shirley M. Tilghman

Professor of Molecular Biology and Public Affairs, Emeritus
President of the University, Emeritus
Office Phone
Icahn Laboratory, 240


Mammalian developmental biology and science policy


Tilghman SM. (2014) Twists and turns: a scientific journey. Annu Rev Cell Dev Biol. 30: 1-21. Pubmed

Although I no longer have an active research laboratory, I welcome the opportunity to advise juniors and seniors in their independent work. Some examples of senior theses that I have advised in recent years are:

  • "Human obesity:  Genetics, epigenetics & therapeutic opportunities" BJ Sullivan ‘11

  • "Beyond the “$1000 genome”:  From third-generation sequencing to personalized medicine" Nikhil Basu Trivedi ‘11

  • "Complementary and alternative medicine in the United States: The role of rigorous scientific evaluation" Molly Kantor '08

  • "One more for "one less": Increasing the availability of vaccines targeting human Papillomavirus in the developing world" Anita Gupta '08

Honors & Awards


  • Honorary Member, IEEE

Selected Publications

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    Greider C, Sheltzer J, Cantalupo N, Copeland W, Dasgupta N, Hopkins N, Jansen J, Joshua-Tor L, McDowell G, Metcalf J, McLaughlin B, Olivarius A, O’Shea E, Raymond J, Ruebain D, Steitz J, Stillman B, Tilghman S, Valian V, Villa-Komaroff L, Wong J. Increasing gender diversity in the STEM research workforce. Science. 2019;366(6466):692–695. PMID: 31699926
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    Greider C, Hopkins N, Steitz J, Amon A, Asai D, Barres B, Bass B, Bassler B, Birgeneau R, Bjorkman P, Botchan M, Brugge J, Cech T, Colwell R, Craig N, deLange T, Eisen M, Gottesman S, Green R, Handelsman J, Kimble J, King M-C, Lehmann R, Marder E, Mullins D, O’Shea E, Schmid S, Seydoux G, Spradling A, Storz G, Szostak J, Telesnitsky A, Tilghman S, Tjian R, Vale R, Wolberger C, Zakian V. Not just Salk. Science. 2017;357(6356):1105–1106. PMID: 28912235
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    Tilghman S. Profile of Bruce M. Alberts, 2016 Lasker-Koshland Special Achievement Award in Medical Science Awardee. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2017;114(7):1439–1441. PMCID: PMC5321003
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    Tilghman S. Twists and turns: a scientific journey. Annu Rev Cell Dev Biol. 2014;30:1–21. PMID: 25288111
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