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CHR Membership

Chair                                                                            Vice Chair                                                                  
Martin Chalfie
Columbia University
New York, New York

Mary Jane West-Eberhard
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
University of Costa Rica
Ciudad Universitaria, Costa Rica


Bruce Alberts
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, California

Christine Cassel
Kaiser Permanente
Oakland, California

Michael T. Clegg
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, California

John G. Kassakian
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Michael Katz
March of Dimes Foundation
White Plains, New York

Anthony Leggett
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, Illinois

Elaine Oran
University of Maryland
College Park, Maryland

Elsa Reichmanis
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, Georgia

Inder Verma
Salk Institute for Biological Studies
La Jolla, California



 For a complete list of former and current members, please click here.  

* Foreign secretaries of the NAS, NAE and NAM serve as ex officio members of the CHR.


Former CHR chairs 

(With date of tenure)


Robert W. Kates (1976-1979)
NAS Member

Lipman Bers (1979-1984)
NAS Member

Eliot Stellar (1984-1993)
NAS/NAM Member


Torsten N. Wiesel (1994-2004)
NAS/NAM Member                    

Peter Agre (2005-2007)

Sidney Verba (2008-2014)
NAS Member