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Michael Eisen, associate professor, molecular and cell biology

Michael Eisen

Michael Eisen is an associate professor of Genetics, Genomics, and Development in UC Berkeley's Department of Molecular Biology, and an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Research in the Eisen Lab is motivated by a desire to understand the molecular basis of phenotypic variation within and between species, and is driven by the belief that many differences in physiology, morphology and behavior arise from changes in how genes are turned on and off during the developmental transformation from a fertilized egg to an adult organism. The lab employs a combination of experimental and computational methods to the study of gene regulation, using the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster as a model system. Eisen and his colleagues have pioneered genomic approaches in modern molecular biology and are leaders in the emerging field of computational biology.

In addition to his lab work, Eisen is a long-time advocate for "open science." In 2001 he co-founded the Public Library of Science (PLoS), a San Francisco non-profit dedicated to making the worlds scientific and medical literature a freely available public resource. PLoS is now the leading publisher of "open access" journals, and through PLoS and other ventures Eisen continues to play a major role in the open-science movement.

Posts by Michael Eisen

10-11-15Other Subjects: What's on your mind?It’s on me to say that what Geoffrey Marcy did was abominable, but what Berkeley didn’t do is worse
10-4-13Other Subjects: What's on your mind?Science & Technology: What's on your mind?Open access is not the problem – my take on Science’s peer review “sting”
10-2-13Science & Technology: What's on your mind?NASA paywalls first Curiosity rover papers; I am setting them free
8-26-13Science & Technology: What's on your mind?With its HeLa genome agreement, NIH embraces an expansive definition of familial consent in genetics
8-3-13Other Subjects: What's on your mind?Let’s not get too excited about the new UC open access policy
6-6-13Science & Technology: What's on your mind?A CHORUS of boos: publishers offer their ‘solution’ to public access
4-16-13Science & Technology: What's on your mind?Door-to-door subscription scams: the dark side of The New York Times
4-11-13Science & Technology: What's on your mind?The past, present and future of scholarly publishing
2-26-13Politics & Law: What's on your mind?No celebrations here: Why the White House public-access policy sucks
2-12-13Science & Technology: What's on your mind?My father, Aaron Swartz, and assigning blame for suicide
1-25-13Other Subjects: What's on your mind?How academia betrayed and continues to betray Aaron Swartz
12-12-12Science & Technology: What's on your mind?Darwin’s ‘tangled bank’ in verse
10-26-12Science & Technology: What's on your mind?Prop 37 and the right to know nothing
1-5-12Science & Technology: What's on your mind?Why does the University of California Press support reactionary legislation opposing public access to scientific research?
11-10-11Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Berkeley’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad response to #occupycal
8-25-11Science & TechnologyScience & Technology: What's on your mind?The destructive myopia of the NIH study on grant funding and race
4-26-11Science & Technology: What's on your mind?Amazon’s $23,698,655.93 book about flies
6-10-10Science & Technology: What's on your mind?The Nature kerfuffle: Boycott the business model, not the price
5-24-10Science & Technology: What's on your mind?Geno-Luddites and Berkeley’s On the Same Page program
10-24-09What ails California?Vote NO on all initiatives
10-24-09Public option health care planPublic option will weaken health care protections