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Mark Jacobs

Mark Jacobs

Professor, School of Life Sciences


Barrett Honors College
Arizona State University
PO Box 871612
Tempe, AZ 85287-1612


  • Vice Provost and Dean, Barrett Honors College
  • Professor, School of Life Sciences


Dr. Mark Jacobs is the Dean of Barrett Honors College and Professor in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University. He came to ASU in the fall of 2003 from Swarthmore College, where he had held an endowed chair in biology and had been both Chair of the Biology Department and Associate Provost of the College. He received his BA magna cum laude from Harvard in biology and earned his Ph.D. at Stanford University in biological sciences. A Guggenheim Fellowship recipient, Jacobs is the author of more than 50 publications on the physiological and molecular control of plant development, and for 12 years was associate editor-in-chief of Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, an international plant science journal. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Cambridge University, the University of California Santa Cruz and Universitat Freiburg in Germany, where he held a NATO postdoctoral fellowship. He teaches an honors seminar on "The History and Evolution of Human Food."


  • BA, Biology, Harvard University
  • PhD, Biological Sciences, Stanford University