Dr. Michael Sheetz is currently Director of the Research Centre of Excellence in Mechanobiology at National University of Singapore and also the Emeritus William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Biological Sciences at Columbia University. In 2012, he was the recipient of the Lasker and Wiley Prizes for Biomedical Sciences. In 2013, he received the Massry Prize. Prior to joining Columbia, he was Chair of Cell Biology at Duke University Medical Center (1990-2000) and before that he was a Professor of Cell Biology at Washington University Medical School (1985-1990). He started his academic career at Univ. of Connecticut Health Center (1975-1985). His Ph.D. was in Chemistry at California Institute of Technology and he served as a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. S. Jon Singer (UCSD).