Nathaniel Heintz is a professor of molecular biology at Rockefeller University in New York. His research is aimed at identifying the genes, circuits, cells, macromolecular assemblies and individual molecules that contribute to the function and dysfunction of the mammalian brain. Dr. Heintz and his colleagues have developed a suite of novel approaches based on the manipulation of bacterial artificial chromosomes (BACs) to investigate the histological and functional complexities of the mammalian brain in vivo and to understand how these mechanisms become dysfunctional in disease.
Dr. Heintz graduated from Williams College with a B.A. in biology in 1974. He received his Ph.D. from the State University of New York, Albany, in 1979 and then worked as a postdoc at Washington University in St. Louis until 1982. He came to Rockefeller as assistant professor in 1983 and was named associate professor in 1987, professor in 1992 and James and Marilyn Simons Professor in 2006.
Dr. Heintz was granted the American Cancer Society Junior Faculty Research Award in 1986. He was named a Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences in 1985, received a National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellowship in 1981 and a Damon Runyon- Walter Winchell Cancer Fund Postdoctoral Fellowship in 1979. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.