the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. He is director of the Wills Neuroscience Institute, whose mission is to build bridges across traditional academic boundaries from genes and genomes to brain and behavior. His expertise is in developmental neurobiology—using genetic analysis to unravel the mechanisms that control the “wiring” of the brain. He was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 1995 and in January 2001 became chair of the Board on Life Sciences of the National Research Council. He serves as president of the McKnight Endowment Fund for neuroscience. He is cofounder of two biotechnology companies—Exelixis and Renovis—and is cochair of the Renovis Scientific Advisory Board. He is the recipient of the Foundation IPSEN Neuronal Plasticity Prize, the J. Allyn Taylor International Prize in Medicine, the Gairdner Foundation International Award for Achievement in Medical Sciences, the Ameritec Foundation Prize, the Wakeman Award, and the March-of-Dimes Prize in Developmental Biology. He received his BS in biology from Stanford University and his PhD in developmental neurobiology from the University of California, Berkeley.
Patricia King, JD, Georgetown University Law Center, is Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law, Medicine, Ethics and Public Policy at the Georgetown University Law Center. Her research interests include law, bioethics, and public policy. She has concentrated on reproductive and scientific issues related to embryos and fetuses. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine and a fellow of both the Hastings Center and the Kennedy Institute of Ethics. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee on Assessing the System for Protecting Human Subjects, the cochair for policy of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Embryo Research Panel, and a member of Working Group to Advise ACD (NIH) on Guidelines and Oversight of stem cell research. She has previously served on the Institute’s Committee on Organ Procurement and Transplantation Policy and Committee on Perinatal Transmission of HIV. She received her JD from Harvard Law School.