Stuart Newman

Stuart A. Newman is a professor of cell biology and anatomy at New York Medical College, Valhalla, New York. His early scientific education was in chemistry (A.B., Columbia, Ph.D., University of Chicago), but he then moved on to biology. He has contributed to several fields, including biophysical chemistry, embryonic morphogenesis, and evolutionary theory. His work includes identifying the physical mechanism for patterning of the vertebrate limb skeleton and proposing a physico-genetic framework for understanding the origination of animal body plans. He has also written on ethical and societal issues related to research in developmental biology. He was a founding member of the Council for Responsible Genetics (Cambridge, Mass.) the first U.S. organization to focus on the hazards of genetic engineering. Newman is a member of the board of directors of the Alliance for Humane Biotechnology (San Francisco, Calif.), an external faculty member of the Konrad Lorenz Institute (KLI), Klosterneuburg, Austria, and editor of the KLI’s journal Biological Theory. He is coauthor (with Gabor Forgacs) of Biological Physics of the Developing Embryo (Cambridge, 2005) and (with Tina Stevens) Biotech Juggernaut: Hope, Hype, and Hidden Agendas of Entrepreneurial Bioscience (Routledge, 2019).