Alan G. Hinnebusch received his B.S. in Biology from the University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio, in 1975 and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1980. He studied as a post-doctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Gerald R. Fink at Cornell University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1980 to 1983. He joined the NICHD as a Senior Staff Fellow in 1983 and became Chief of the Laboratory of Eukaryotic Gene Regulation in 1995. In 2000, he was appointed as Chief of the Laboratory of Gene Regulation and Development and Head of the Section on Nutrient Control of Gene Regulation. In 2007, he was named Head of the Program in Cellular Regulation and Metabolism.
Dr. Hinnebusch has served on the editorial boards of Genetics, Microbiological Reviews, Molecular Microbiology, Journal of Biological Chemistry, and is currently a member of the editorial boards of Genes & Development and Molecular & Cellular Biology. He was co-organizer of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Meeting on Translational Control from 2000 to 2010. He has published more than 170 research articles in peer-reviewed journals and more than 30 review articles and book chapters pertaining to his field of research. In 1994 he was named Maryland's Outstanding Young Scientist and was elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. In 2009 he was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.