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David Botstein


  • Advisory Committee Chair
  • Genetic Networks


Botstein Lab


David Botstein, renowned geneticist and educator, is chief scientific officer of California Life Company (Calico).

Botstein’s fundamental contributions to modern genetics include the discovery of many yeast and bacterial genes. In 1980, he and three colleagues proposed a method for mapping genes that laid the groundwork for the Human Genome Project.


  • Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, 2013
  • Gruber Prize in Genetics, 2003
  • Allan Award of the American Society of Human Genetics, 1989
  • Genetics Society of America Medal, 1988

Relevant Publications

  • Gibney, P.A. et al. "Characterizing the in vivo role of trehalose in Saccharomyces cerevisiae using the AGT1 transporter." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112, no. 9 (March 2015): 6116–6121.

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