Seminar Series

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 3:30 PM

Location: **Room SSB 7172**


Dr. Ted Cox, Princeton University

Finding your way in a crowd: lessons from Dictyostelium and E. coli

Edward “Ted” Cox, the Edwin Grant Conklin Professor of Biology, has spent 50 years as a member of the Princeton faculty, the last three as a professor Emeritus. He earned a B.Sc. in microbiology from the University of British Columbia in 1959 and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Pennsylvania in 1964. He then trained as a postdoctoral fellow in molecular genetics at Stanford University from 1964 to 1967 before coming to Princeton as an assistant professor in 1967. Ted also served the University as associate dean and followed by serving as chair of the Department of Biology from 1977 to 1987.

During his years at Princeton, Ted made seminal contributions in four major areas of biology: the genetics and population consequences of error rate control during DNA replication in microbial populations, the genesis of large scale spatial patterns in simple developmental systems, the development of new ways to study single molecules in microfabricated environments, and the analysis of single molecular events in living bacterial cells in real time.

One of his favorite organisms to explore pattern formation are the cellular slime molds Dictyostelium discoideum and Polysphondylium pallidum.