Dr. Elliot L. Elson

Title: Professor of Biochemistry
Company: Washington University in St. Louis
Location: Saint Louis, Missouri, United States

Dr. Elliot L. Elson, Professor of Biochemistry at Washington University in St. Louis, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in biochemistry and higher education.

Interested in scientific research from a formative age, Dr. Elson is a prominent educator and scientist who has been teaching biochemistry at Washington University in St. Louis since 1979. An expert in cellular biophysics and molecular biophysics, he is most renowned for co-developing fluorescence correlation spectroscopy, a way of observing how molecules move and chemical reactions occur in systems, as well as his research conducted in cell tissue mechanics. Prior to serving Washington University in St. Louis, he acted as an assistant professor, associate professor and full professor at Cornell University between 1968 and 1979.

Passionate about his education, Dr. Elson pursued studies at the prestigious Harvard University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1959. Mentored by John Edsall during his undergraduate career, he subsequently attended Stanford University, where he studied under Robert L. Baldwin and obtained a Doctor of Philosophy in 1966. While pursuing his doctorate degree, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Diego, for three years, where he was mentored by Bruno Zimm. He considers these individuals to have greatly attributed to his profound success.

Maintaining affiliation with the Biophysical Society, Dr. Elson has been married to Frances Cohen since 1983 and has two children, Julian and Louis. Looking toward the future, he intends to continue parlaying his knowledge of biochemistry to students at Washington University in St. Louis. Impressively, he was highlighted in the first edition of Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, which was published in 1992.

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