S. Meryl Rose Lectureship

s_meryl_roseThe S. Meryl Rose Lectureship was established in honor of Dr. Rose’s distinguished career as a research scientist and his dedication to teaching. Dr. Rose conducted innovative zoological research with a major emphasis on the regeneration of limbs of amphibians. He received his M.A. from Amherst College in 1935 and his Ph.D. in Zoology from Columbia in 1940.

During his career, Dr. Rose held professorships at Smith College, the University of Illinois, and Wesleyan University. From 1961 until his retirement, he was professor of experimental embryology and University Professor of Biology at Tulane University Medical School. Dr. Rose mentored 23 Ph.D. candidates and one M.D., encouraging all to develop and defend ideas even when they differed from his own. He authored and co-authored more than 50 published research papers, a number written in collaboration with his wife, Florence Rose, his long-time research co-worker and critic.

Dr. Rose spent many summers in Woods Hole doing research at the MBL He was course director of the Marine Embryology course from 1950 to 1955 and served two terms as a member of the MBL’s Board of Trustees. Dr. Rose was an avid sailor who loved sailing his sloop, Mystic, in Vineyard Sound. He will long be remembered by his students, colleagues, and friends for his great wit, devotion to science, boundless imagination, and unending generosity.


Michael Levin,Tufts University – 2009
Nipam Patel, University of California, Berkeley – 2010
Clare Baker, Cambridge University, UK – 2011
Brigitte Galliot, Univ. of Geneva – 2012
Clare Baker, Univ. of Cambridge, UK – 2013
Marianne Bronner, California Institute of Technology – 2014
Tatjana Piotrowski, Stowers Institute for Medical Research/University of Utah – 2015
Ray Keller, University of Virginia – 2016
John Wallingford, University of Texas at Austin – 2017
Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado, Stowers Institute for Medical Research; HHMI – 2018