Bruce M. Alberts

Bruce M. Alberts

Editor in Chief, Science Magazine; United States Envoy; Professor Emeritus, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of California, San Francisco

Bruce M. Alberts, a prominent biochemist with a strong commitment to the improvement of science education, serves as Editor-in-Chief of Science Magazine, and as one of three U.S. Science Envoys. Alberts is also Professor Emeritus in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco, to which he returned in 2005 after serving two six-year terms as the president of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in Washington, D.C.

During his tenure at the NAS, Alberts was instrumental in developing the landmark National Science Education standards that promote "science as inquiry" teaching. Alberts is also noted as one of the original authors of The Molecular Biology of the Cell, a pre-eminent textbook in the field now in its fifth edition. Alberts has earned many honors and awards, including 16 honorary degrees. He currently serves on the advisory boards of more than 25 nonprofit institutions, including the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.