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The Sontag Foundation Scientific Advisor Marianne Bronner Ph.D.

Marianne Bronner, Ph.D.

California Institute of Technology
Sontag Scientific Advisor
2006- Present

Dr. Bronner is a developmental biologist. Her lab studies formation, migration and differentiation of neural crest cells. Neural crest-derived cells are involved in a variety of birth defects and cancers such as neurofibromatosis, melanoma, and neuroblastoma.

Dr. Bronner is the Albert Billings Ruddock Professor of Biology and Biological Engineering at the California Institute of Technology. She is also the Director of the Beckman Institute at CalTech. Born in Hungary, Dr. Bronner assumed her first faculty position at the University of California, Irvine, where she advanced from assistant to full professor. In 1996, she joined the faculty at CalTech, and became the first woman to be chair of the faculty in 2001 to 2003. Dr. Bronner was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009, and to the National Academy of Sciences in 2015. She received the Conklin Medal from The Society for Developmental Biology in 2013, the Women in Cell Biology Senior Award from the American Society for Cell Biology in 2012, and a Javits award from the NINDS in 2002, as well as several teaching and mentoring awards from her institution.

Current Appointments
  • Albert Billings Ruddock Professor of Biology and Biological Engineering, California Institute of Technology
  • Director, Beckman Institute, California Institute of Technology



B.S., Biophysics, Brown University

Ph.D., Biophysics, Johns Hopkins University