Chair, Department of Diabetes and Metabolic Disease Research
Professor of Cancer Biology
Beckman Research Institute of the City of Hope, Duarte, CA
A molecular biologist and pioneer in the field of DNA methylation epigenetics, Arthur Riggs was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2006. Dr. Riggs has built his career on exploring unknown fields and laying the groundwork for discoveries which have shaped the way we understand molecular biology today. Riggs and his colleagues
were the first to produce human insulin in Escherichia coli. He is also known for his work on mammalian DNA replication, protein-DNA interactions, and the production of recombinant antibodies. Riggs has spent most of his career as a researcher, and later the director, at the Beckman Research Institute of the City of Hope National Medical Center, a National Institutes of Health sponsored cancer center in Duarte, California. His current work focuses primarily on mammalian epigenetics.