Eric F. Wieschaus

About Eric F. Wieschaus

Who is it?: Development Biologist
Birth Day: June 08, 1947
Birth Place: South Bend, Indiana, United States
Alma mater: University of Notre Dame (B.S.) Yale University (Ph.D.)
Known for: Embryogenesis
Awards: Genetics Society of America Medal (1995) Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (1995)
Fields: Developmental biology
Institutions: Princeton University Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Eric F. Wieschaus

Eric F. Wieschaus was born on June 08, 1947 in South Bend, Indiana, United States, is Development Biologist. Eric Francis Wieschaus is an American development biologist who was one of the joint winners of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Today, he is best known for his work on embryogenesis in the Drosophila, commonly known as fruit fly. Although he earned his doctoral degree from the University of Yale the later part of the work was done at the University of Basel, Switzerland. It was here in Basel that he first met Christiane (Janni) Nüsslein-Volhard and the two scientists quickly struck up a close friendship. Later both of them got employment at European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Heidelberg, Germany. It was at EMBL that they set out on an ambitious project and finally identified 139 genes, which were essential for transforming a newly fertilized Drosophila egg into an embryo. The work earned them the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine almost one and half decades later. By that time, Wieschaus had returned to the U.S.A. and joined the University of Princeton as Assistant Professor. He climbed the ladder quickly to become a full professor within six years. Professor Wieschaus is very active still now and spends a lot of time at his laboratory working with his student on embryogenesis.
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Occupation Scientists
Age 75 years old
Zodiac Sign Cancer
Born June 08, 1947 (South Bend, Indiana, United States)
Birthday June 08
Town/City South Bend, Indiana, United States
Nationality United States

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Born in South Bend, Indiana, he attended John Carroll Catholic High School in Birmingham, AL before attending the University of Notre Dame for his undergraduate studies (B.S., biology), and Yale University (Ph.D., biology) for his graduate work. In 1978, he moved to his first independent job, at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany and moved from Heidelberg to Princeton University in the United States in 1981.


In 1995, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Edward B. Lewis and Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard as co-recipients, for their work revealing the genetic control of embryonic development.


As of 2005, Wieschaus is the Squibb Professor in Molecular Biology at Princeton, and Adjunct Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

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