Neil Osheroff is Professor of Biochemistry and Medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and currently holds the John G. Coniglio Chair in Biochemistry
He received his PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Northwestern University and was a Helen Hay Whitney Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University School of Medicine.
He is a biochemist and enzymologist by training and his laboratory focuses on a class of enzymes known as DNA topoisomerases. Over the years, he has made seminal contributions to our understanding of how DNA topoisomerases function and how anticancer and antibacterial drugs alter the activities of these enzymes.
In addition to his research, Dr. Osheroff has a long-standing interest in mentoring and training young scientists and physicians and thirty PhD students have received their degrees under his mentorship. He has received numerous honors for his work with PhD and MD students and he was elected was elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2018. Dr. Osheroff has published more than 260 papers and has presented more than 300 scientific and educational talks in 32 different countries.