MacArthur Fellows Program

George F. Oster

Mathematical Biologist | Class of 1985

Mathematical Biologist
Berkeley, California
45 at time of award
April 15, 2018
Published July 1, 1985

About George's Work

George Oster studies the physical and chemical properties underlying biological organization and evolution.

His research involves the construction and testing of theoretical models of molecular, cellular, and developmental processes.  His specific areas of interest include investigations into the basic physics and chemistry of protein motors, cell motility, and spatial pattern formation in eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells, and membrane protein organization.  Oster has made contributions to caste studies on social insects and to our understanding of the physical mechanisms underlying cell motion and embryonic development.


Oster is a professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology and in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management in the College of Natural Resources at the University of California, Berkeley.  He joined the faculty in 1972 as an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.  His numerous papers have appeared in such publications as Nature, the Biophysical Journal, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA.

Oster received a B.S. (1961) from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and a Ph.D. (1967) from Columbia University.

Last updated January 1, 2005.

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