Google Appoints Princeton University President Shirley M. Tilghman, Ph.D., to Board of Directors
Shirley M. Tilghman, Princeton University’s President and Professor of Molecular Biology, was unanimously elected to join Google’s Board of Directors today. Dr. Tilghman is a world-renowned scholar, an exceptional teacher, and is respected worldwide for her pioneering research and advocacy of women in science.
“It’s an honor to welcome a woman of Dr. Tilghman’s reputation to our board,” said Eric Schmidt, Chairman and chief executive officer of Google. “Google is a company born out of university research, so we look forward to tapping into her extraordinary talents as an accomplished academic, and as a champion of discovery.”
Dr. Tilghman made her mark during postdoctoral studies at the National Institutes of Health, where she participated in cloning the first mammalian gene. She continued to make scientific breakthroughs in the field of mammalian genetics as a member of the Institute for Cancer Research in Philadelphia and an adjunct associate professor of human genetics and biochemistry and biophysics at the University of Pennsylvania. Tilghman was a member of the National Research Council’s committee that set the blueprint for the U.S. effort in the Human Genome Project and went on to become one of the founding members of the National Advisory Council of the Human Genome Project Initiative for the National Institutes of Health.