Albert Billings Ruddock Professor of Biology
Ellen Rothenberg is the Albert Billings Ruddock Professor of Biology at Caltech. She graduated from Harvard University and received her Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After a Jane Coffin Childs Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, she took her first faculty position at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, then joined the Caltech faculty in 1982. Her recent honors include the Richard P. Feynman Prize for Excellence in Teaching (2016), and election as Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2017) and Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2018). She has organized multiple international conferences in immunology and systems developmental biology and has served on multiple editorial and scientific advisory boards. She studies gene regulation and development of T lymphocytes, gene networks controlling hematopoietic cell fates, and mechanisms underlying the dynamics of single-cell developmental decisions.