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Michael Eisen

Michael Eisen
Michael Eisen
Born Michael Bruce Eisen
(1967-04-13) April 13, 1967
Boston, Massachusetts
Nationality American
Institutions University of California, Berkeley
Alma mater Harvard College
Thesis Structural Studies of Influenza A Virus Proteins (1996)
Doctoral advisor Don Craig Wiley
Known for Public Library of Science (PLOS)
Notable awards Benjamin Franklin Award (Bioinformatics) (2002)
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Michael Bruce Eisen (born April 13, 1967) is an American biologist. He is Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development at University of California, Berkeley.[2][3][4][5][6][7]


Eisen completed his PhD at Harvard University under the supervision of Don Craig Wiley while studying Influenza A virus Proteins.[8]


His academic research focuses on the evolution of gene regulation.[9][10][11][12]

Open Access advocacy

Throughout his career he has been an advocate for "open science", which is the free release of the material and intellectual product of scientific research. He is a leading advocate of open access scientific publishing,[13][14][15] and is co-Founder of Public Library of Science (PLOS) and serves on the PLOS board, the Academic Steering & Advocacy Committee of Open Library of Humanities,[16] and is an adviser to Science Commons.

In 2012 Eisen began protesting against the Research Works Act as part of his appeal to promote open access to information.[17]

Awards and honors

In 2002, Eisen was awarded the Benjamin Franklin Award (Bioinformatics).

Personal life

Eisen is the brother of Jonathan Eisen.


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  15. ^ 2004 Wired Magazine Rave Awards "For cracking the spine of the science cartel"
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