George M. Langford

Biography

George M. Langford is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Neuroscience and Professor Emeritus of Biology at Syracuse University and Dean Emeritus of the College of Arts and Sciences. He is a cell biologist and imaging scientist who studies the role of the actin cytoskeleton and molecular motors in a variety of cell types including neurons and pancreatic beta cells. He served as dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, the inaugural Ernest Everett Just Professor of Natural Sciences at Dartmouth College and professor of Physiology, the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. In 2021 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was appointed in 1998 by President Clinton to the National Science Board and awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by Beloit College in 2001. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS; 2013) and a Fellow of the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB; 2017). Professor Langford was the first recipient of the ASCB EE Just Lectureship Award. He served on the Science Education Advisory Board of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and was former chair of the Board of Directors of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. He is Program Director of the Syracuse University CHANcE Project funded by the HHMI Inclusive Excellence Initiative and Program Director of the ASCB PAIR-UP program funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.