Elliot Meyerowitz received his AB degree from Columbia and his PhD from Yale University. He was a post-doctoral fellow at Stanford and in 1980 he joined the faculty of The California Institute of Technology. Currently, Meyerowitz is the George W. Beadle Professor of Biology at Caltech and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute/ Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Investigator. Meyerowitz’ lab studies the mechanisms of plant development. They use the patterning of flowers and leaves in the Arabidopsis shoot apical meristem as a model system.
Among Meyerowitz’ honors are the Genetics Society of America Medal; the International Prize for Biology from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science; the Lounsbery Award of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences; the R.G. Harrison Prize of the International Society of Developmental Biologists; and the Balzan Prize. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a foreign member of the Royal Society, a foreign associate of the Académie des Sciences of France, and an Associate Member of the European Molecular Biology Organization.