Robert Singer is a professor at The Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Departments of Anatomy and Structural Biology, Cell Biology, and Neuroscience, and co-director of the Gruss Lipper Biophotonics Center. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Janelia Research Campus of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Singer’s career has focused on the cell biology of RNA. His lab has developed techniques that allow them to visualize and follow individual RNA molecules, in fixed and live cells, throughout the life of the RNA molecule. The information gained from these techniques may help scientists to understand processes such as cancer metastasis or neurological disease.
Singer received his undergraduate degree in physical chemistry from Oberlin College and his PhD in developmental biology from Brandeis University. He was a postdoctoral fellow at MIT and at the Weizmann Institute.
In recognition of his many contributions to RNA research and techniques of single molecule imaging, Singer has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy for Arts and Sciences, and the Association for the Advancement of Science. Singer holds 12 patents on his work.