Michael Grunstein

Michael Grunstein

2018 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award

Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Biological Chemistry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. His work, which "catapulted the field forward", was recognized in 2018 with the Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research.

Education and Work Experience
  • 1968, Bachelor of Science degree from McGill University in Montreal
  • 1969-1972, PhD from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1973-1974, Post-doctoral training at Stanford University
  • Present, UCLA Chemistry professor  
Honors and Awards
    • 2008, Member of the National Academy of Science
    • 2018, Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award
Major Academic Achievements

Grunstein pioneered the genetic analysis of histones in yeast and showed for the first time that histones are regulators of gene activity in living cells. His laboratory's studies provided inspiration for the eukaryotic histone code and underlie the modern study of epigenetics.