Jonathan Weissman is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology at the University of California, San Francisco. With Jennifer Doudna, he is co-director of the Innovative Genomics Institute of Berkeley and UCSF. His development of the technique of Ribosome Profiling, as well as CRISPRi and CRISPRa, giving us the ability to turn on and off any desired gene, are revolutionizing both basic science and medical research.

Dr. Weissman received his undergraduate physics degree from Harvard College. After obtaining a Ph.D. in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he worked with Peter Kim, Dr. Weissman pursued postdoctoral fellowship training in Arthur Horwich's laboratory at Yale University School of Medicine.

Dr. Weissman's numerous honors include the 2008 Raymond and Beverly Sackler International Prize in Biophysics, election to the National Academy of Sciences in 2009, election as a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology in 2010, the 2015 Keith R Porter Lecture Award from the American Society of Cell Biology, and the 2015 National Academy of Sciences Award for Scientific Discovery.