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Fuchs, Elaine

  • By: Andrew J. Waskey
  • In: Encyclopedia of Stem Cell Research
  • Edited by: Clive N. Svendsen & Allison D. Ebert
  • Subject:Ethics in Health Care (general), Medical Research

ELAINE FUCHS IS the Rebecca C. Lancefield Professor of Mammalian Cell Biology and Development at Rockefeller University in New York City. She is also a research investigator for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Fuchs was raised in suburban Chicago, where a semirural childhood of farms and exposure to nature stimulated her interest in science, as did members of her family. Her father was a geochemist who worked at Argonne National Laboratories. His specialty was meteorites. She also had an aunt who worked at the laboratories as a biologist, and her sister is a neurosurgeon.

Fuchs graduated in 1972 from the University of Illinois with a bachelor's of science degree and the highest distinction in the chemical sciences. Her undergraduate thesis was in physical chemistry and her ...

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