Department of Science Education of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Sean B. Carroll is an award-winning scientist, writer, educator, and film producer. He leads the Department of Science Education of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the largest private supporter of science education activities in the US, and is Head of HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, its feature filmmaking company. He oversees a portfolio of media projects and educational programs that focus on what can be done to mitigate or reverse declines in biodiversity.
Sean is the author of five books for general audiences including The Serengeti Rules, Brave Genius, The Making of the Fittest, Endless Forms Most Beautiful and Remarkable Creatures which was a finalist for the National Book Award for non-fiction. In 2016, Sean received the Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science.
The architect of HHMI’s documentary film initiative, Sean has served as executive producer and/or on-screen presenter of more than a dozen feature films, including Mass Extinction, Amazon Adventure, and The Farthest, and earned one Emmy and two Emmy nominations. His latest book, The Serengeti Rules, was the basis for a theatrical film released in 2019.
Sean’s laboratory research has centered on the genes that control animal body patterns and play major roles in the evolution of animal diversity. He has received the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Sciences, been elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the European Molecular Biology Organization, as well as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Sean holds the Simon-Belo Endowed Chair of Biology at the University of Maryland and is Professor Emeritus of Genetics and Molecular Biology at the University of Wisconsin.