Dr. Joshua Z. Rappoport received a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Brown University, and then went on to earn a Ph.D. from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Rappoport performed postdoctoral work at The Rockefeller University in New York City in the Laboratory of Cellular Biophysics. Subsequently he was recruited as a faculty member in the School of Biosciences at the University of Birmingham in the UK. In 2014 Dr. Rappoport returned to the United States to serve as the Director of the Center for Advanced Microscopy and Nikon Imaging Center at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and as a faculty member in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology. In March 2019, Dr. Rappoport took on the position of Executive Director, Research Infrastructure at Boston College.
Dr. Rappoport is interested in understanding the broader impacts of exciting developments in science and technology. His first book, The Cell: Discovering the Microscopic World that Determines Our Health, Our Consciousness, and Our Future, came out in 2017, and his second book Mapping Humanity: How Modern Genetics Is Changing Criminal Justice, Personalized Medicine, and Our Identities, was recently published.