Dr. Maniatis is Isidore S. Edelman Professor and Chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular biophysics, Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Maniatis is known for pioneering the development of gene cloning technology and its application to both basic research and biotechnology. He also coauthored the definitive laboratory manual on Molecular Cloning. His research has led to fundamental advances in understanding the mechanisms of gene regulation and RNA splicing, the biochemistry of innate immunity signaling pathways, the function of single cell diversity in the nervous system, and neurodegenerative disease mechanisms. Dr. Maniatis’ research has been recognized by many awards, including the Eli Lilly Award, the Richard Lounsbery Award, and the 2012 Lasker Award. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Science, the National Academy of Medicine, and a Fellow the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Maniatis co-founded Genetics Institute, ProScript, and Acceleron.