Professor of Molecular Biology
Gertrud (Trudi) Schüpbach is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and the Henry Fairfield Osborn Professor of Biology, Professor of Molecular Biology at Princeton University. She is also an adjunct faculty member of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School at Rutgers University. Schupbach received a Masters degree and a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Zurich, Switzerland. She performed postdoctoral work first at the University of Zurich and later at Princeton University. She was appointed as a Research Biologist in the Department of Biology at Princeton University in 1985, and as Associate Professor in 1990 and was promoted to Full Professor in 1994. The research in her laboratory focuses on on cell to cell signaling processes that are involved in pattern formation during development, using Drosophila as a model system. In recent years the work has branched into questions of RNA localization and translational control, as well as understanding the general biology of epithelial cells. At Princeton, Professor Schupbach teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses and has guided many juniors and seniors in their thesis research.
Professor Schüpbach was elected to the European Molecular Biology Organization in 2000, and became a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2007. She received the Edwin F. Conklin Medal from the Society of Developmental Biology in 2006. She was confered a honorary Ph.D. degree from the University of Zurich, Switzerland in 2011. She served as the president of the Genetics Society of America in 2008, and as the president of the Drosophila board in 2000. She has been an associate editor of the journal Genetics for over two decades, and serves on the editorial board of PNAS, Developmental Cell and the Annual Review of Genetics. She has served on oversight, grant and award panels for the National Institute of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Keck Foundation, and the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation. She has participated on advisory committees for Biology Departments at Carnegie Mellon University, Temple University, Johns Hopkins University, Ohio State University, and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany. She is presently a member of the external advisory board of the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB) in Barcelona, Spain.