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The S. Meryl Rose Lectureship

Nipam H. Patel

6/26/10 - 9:00 AM - Speck Auditorium

"Butterfly Wing Patterning: Ecology, Evolution, and Development"

Nipam Patel, University of California, Berkeley

Nipam H. Patel is professor of molecular cell biology and integrative biology at the University of California, Berkeley, and co-director of the MBL Embryology course. He studies the evolutionary changes responsible for generating the diversity of life we see on Earth today, with a specific focus on the evolution of body patterning and segmentation at the molecular and genetic level.

Dr. Patel grew up in the El Paso, TX, and received an A.B. in biology from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in biology from Stanford University. Before moving to Berkeley, he was a staff associate in the department of embryology at the Carnegie Institution, visiting fellow at the Australian National University, and a professor at the University of Chicago.

Dr. Patel recently co-authored an evolution textbook intended for advanced undergraduates and actively promotes the teaching of modern developmental and evolutionary biology at all educational levels. He was a member of the National Human Genome Research Institute’s Comparative Genome Evolution Working Group between 2004 and 2007 and the NIH Developmental Biology Expert Panel in 2006. He is also a member of the scientific advisory board of the Regeneration Project of the University of Florida.

Dr. Patel has been awarded numerous honors including an NSF Predoctoral Fellowship, McKnight Scholars Neuroscience Fellowship Award, the Butler Chair at the UC Berkeley, and is an elected fellow of AAAS. He is currently an Editor at Development and holds editorial positions with the journals Evolution and Development, Development Genes and Evolution, Developmental Biology and American Naturalist.

S. Meryl Rose
About the S. Meryl Rose Lectureship
The S. Meryl Rose Lectureship was established in honor of Dr. Rose’s distinguished career as a research scientist and his dedication to teaching. Dr. Rose conducted innovative zoological research with a major emphasis on the regeneration of limbs of amphibians. He received his M.A. from Amherst College in 1935 and his Ph.D. in Zoology from Columbia in 1940.

During his career, Dr. Rose held professorships at Smith College, the University of Illinois, and Wesleyan University. From 1961 until his retirement, he was professor of experimental embryology and University Professor of Biology at Tulane University Medical School. Dr. Rose mentored 23 Ph.D. candidates and one M.D., encouraging all to develop and defend ideas even when they differed from his own. He authored and co-authored more than 50 published research papers, a number written in collaboration with his wife, Florence Rose, his long-time research co-worker and critic.

Dr. Rose spent many summers in Woods Hole doing research at the MBL He was course director of the Marine Embryology course from 1950 to 1955 and served two terms as a member of the MBL’s Board of Trustees. Dr. Rose was an avid sailor who loved sailing his sloop, Mystic, in Vineyard Sound. He will long be remembered by his students, colleagues, and friends for his great wit, devotion to science, boundless imagination, and unending generosity.