Steven A. Frank
Steven A. Frank
Donald Bren Professor and UCI Distinguished Professor in the School of Biological Sciences, University of California, Irvine
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Steven A. Frank is Donald Bren Professor and UCI Distinguished Professor in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. He studies the natural processes that have shaped the history and the function of organisms. Through the study of biological history and associated genetic changes, he has contributed to understanding of how normal function breaks down (e.g., in infertility, susceptibility to infection, and cancer).

He has published four books by Princeton University Press—Microbial Life History: The Fundamental Forces of Biological Design (2022), Dynamics of Cancer: Incidence, Inheritance, and Evolution (2007), Immunology and Evolution of Infectious Disease (2002), and Foundations of Social Evolution (1998)—and a seven-part series of articles on natural selection in the Journal of Evolutionary Biology, summarizing the historical processes that shape organisms and explaining the breakdown of organismal function in disease.

Dr. Frank is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has received the Dobzhansky Prize from the Society for the Study of Evolution, a Guggenheim fellowship, the Hogge-Baer Visiting Professorship in Cancer Research at the University of Chicago, the Velux Visiting Professorship in Biodiversity at ETH Zürich, and the Miller Research Fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley. He has also been a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study and Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin.

He received a BS in biology from the University of Michigan, master’s degrees in statistics and zoology from the University of Florida, and a PhD in biology from the University of Michigan.

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