Angelika Amon received both her B.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Vienna. She was a post-doctoral fellow at the Whitehead Institute and was subsequently named a Whitehead Fellow. In 1999, she joined the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she is currently Professor of biology and Kathleen and Curtis Marble Professor in cancer research at the Koch Institute. Amon is also an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
Amon’s lab uses budding yeast as a model to understand the regulatory mechanisms that ensure the correct segregation of chromosomes during mitosis and meiosis. Her lab also investigates what happens when correct segregation fails and aneuploid cells are formed. She studies these questions in budding yeast, mouse and humans.
Amon is a recipient of many honors and awards including the Alan T. Waterman Award of the NSF. She was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2010.