John Philip Trinkaus

John Philip Trinkaus (1918-2003) studied the mechanism of gastrulation in Fundulus heteroclitus, for most of his career as an embryologist at Yale University. Although Trinkaus spent most of his summers as a researcher at the MBL working on Fundulus, he also contributed to numerous other areas in developmental biology. He published approximately fifty scientific articles and two editions of a general book on morphogenesis, titled Cells into Organs: The Forces that Shape the Embryo. Trinkaus, known as “Trink” to friends, crafted informative and elegant experiments that allowed him to provide detailed descriptions of the phenomena of gastrulation in early embryonic development.