Marian B. Carlson, PhD

  • Professor Emeritus of Genetics and Development
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The Carlson laboratory used genetic and molecular analysis in yeast to identify and elucidate conserved mechanisms of signal transduction and transcriptional regulation, notably the SNF1/AMPK protein kinase pathway and the SWI-SNF chromatin-remodeling complex. The lab identified the first activating kinases for SNF1/AMPK: three yeast kinases and the mammalian kinases LKB1, CaMKK, and TAK1, which activate AMPK.

Academic Appointments

  • Professor Emeritus of Genetics and Development


  • Female

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • AB, 1973 Harvard
  • PhD, 1978 Stanford University

Honors & Awards

2009 Member, National Academy of Sciences

2009 Genetics Society of America Medal

2004 Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences

1995 Fellow, American Academy of Microbiology

1993 Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science