Joseph Ecker is a HHMI Investigator and a Professor and the International Council Chair in Genetics at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. His research focuses on genomic and epigenomic regulation in mammals and plants and on the application of DNA sequencing technologies for genome-wide analysis of DNA methylation, transcription and gene function. He is a member of the council of advisors to the National Human Genome Research Institute at the NIH, and to the Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute. Ecker is member of the US National Academies of Science, and his work has been recognized with several awards including, the John J. Carty award for the Advancement of Science from the National Academy, the George W. Beadle Award from the Genetics Society of America, and the Martin Gibbs Medal from the American Society for Plant Biology.
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