Michael Sheetz

Michael Sheetz

2012 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award
Michael Sheetz is a cell biologist at Columbia University, and a Distinguished Professor and the founding Director of the Mechanobiology Institute at the National University of Singapore. He pioneered mechanobiology and biomechanics. Michael Sheetz, James Spudich, and Ronald Vale won the 2012 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award for their discoveries concerning cytoskeletal motor proteins, machines that move cargoes within cells, contract muscles, and enable cell movements.

Education and Work Experience
  • 1972,Ph.D. at the California Institute of Technology.
  • 1985-1990,professor of cell biology and physiology at the Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.
  • 1990-Present, the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Cell Biology at Columbia University

Honors and Awards
    • 2012, Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award
    • 2012, Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences
    • 2013, Massry Prize
Major Academic Achievements

Michael Sheetz, James Spudich and Ronald Vale established ways to study molecular motors in detail. These accomplishments enabled the discovery of the motor protein kinesin and unveiled the steps by which these engines convert chemical energy into mechanical work. The miniscule motors underlie numerous vital processes, and the landmark achievements of Vale, Spudich, and Sheetz are driving drug-discovery efforts aimed at cardiac problems as well as cancer.