Over the course of his research career in genetics, genomics and molecular biology, Dr. Jef Boeke has published a significant quantity of work in such areas as synthetic biology, protein acetylation, functional genomics, and mobile genetic elements. He recently served as the founder and director of the High Throughput Biology Center at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, a position he held for more than 10 years. Dr. Jef Boeke also spent the better part of three decades, rising through the ranks to Professor, in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Jef Boeke has authored over 300 scientific papers in his career, including papers in Science, Nature, Cell, Molecular Cell, Genetics and other journals.
This experienced researcher holds a PhD in molecular biology from Rockefeller University in New York City, where he studied under Norton D. Zinder and Peter Model. Dr. Boeke’s Ph.D. studies were followed by postdoctoral studies at the Whitehead Institute/MIT with Gerald R. Fink. A member of the Genetics Society of America and a regular participant in National Institutes of Health study sections, Dr. Jef Boeke belongs to the Human Genetics and Molecular Biology and BCMB Graduate Programs at Johns Hopkins, where he has mentored over twenty Ph.D. students. In recognitions of his activities in the Ph.D. programs, he was elected “Mentor of the Year” by the Graduate Student Association, and also won the Student Teaching Award, in 2013.