Robert Tjian has been President of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute since 2009. He is also a professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of California, Berkeley where he maintains a research lab focused on understanding the regulation of gene expression.
Tjian received his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from UC Berkeley and his Ph.D. from Harvard University. He joined the faculty at Berkeley in 1979 after completing a post-doc at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory with James Watson. Tjian has received numerous awards for his contributions to cell biology including election to the National Academy of Sciences.