Michael Rosbash

American geneticist and chronobiologist

Michael Morris Rosbash (born March 7, 1944) is an American geneticist and chronobiologist. Rosbash is a professor at Brandeis University[1] and investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Rosbash's research group cloned the Drosophila period gene in 1984 and proposed the Transcription Translation Negative Feedback Loop[2] for circadian clocks in 1990.

Michael Rosbash
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Michael Rosbash in Nobel Prize press conference in Stockholm, December 2017
Michael Morris Rosbash

(1944-03-07) March 7, 1944 (age 75)
Alma materCalifornia Institute of Technology (B.S.)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MS, PhD)
Spouse(s)Nadja Abovich
AwardsGruber Prize in Neuroscience (2009)
Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (2017)
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Edinburgh
Brandeis University
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Doctoral advisorSheldon Penman

Along with Michael W. Young and Jeffrey C. Hall, he was awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine "for their discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythm".[3][4]


  1. "Life Sciences Faculty – Michael Rosbash". www.bio.brandeis.edu. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  2. "The Drosophila Molecular Clock Model – HHMI's BioInteractive". www.hhmi.org. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  3. Cha, Arlene Eujung (2017-10-02). "Nobel in physiology, medicine awarded to three Americans for discovery of 'clock genes'". Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-10-02.
  4. "The 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine – Press Release". The Nobel Foundation. 2017-10-02. Retrieved 2017-10-02.