Renowned biochemist Michael A. Marletta, Ph.D., has been named the next president of The Scripps Research Institute. He will succeed Richard A. Lerner, M.D., who has led the institution for 25 years.
Marletta, past chair of the Department of Chemistry, co-director of the Chemical Biology Graduate Program, Aldo DeBenedictis Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Biochemistry in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at UC Berkeley, will join the Scripps Research faculty on July 1, and become president and CEO on Jan. 1.
“We are thrilled Michael is assuming this important role,” said Dick Gephardt, president/CEO of Gephardt Government Affairs and lead trustee of TSRI’s board, in a press release “We are confident Michael’s leadership and vision will ensure the Institute’s continued preeminence in biomedical research and graduate education.”
In that same press release, Marletta praised Lerner’s leadership and added, “In addition to my excitement about being asked to serve as president, I am thrilled about moving my research program to Scripps Research and working with my new Scripps Research colleagues to push forward the Institute’s legacy of creating knowledge, improving healthcare, and educating the next generation of scientists.”
Marletta is a former recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship who has focused his research on the intersection of chemistry and biology. He is acknowledged as a pioneer in discovering the role of nitric oxide, a critical player in communication between cells.
Marletta completed an AB at the State University of New York (SUNY), Fredonia; a PhD from UC San Francisco, and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.