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2014

September

Adjunct Professor Juan Carlos Garcia-Monco is the editor of a new book, CNS Infections (Springer, June 014). Professor Maurizio Del Poeta is the senior author on the chapter "Fungal Infections of the CNS".

July

Professor Patrick Hearing has been selected to serve a four-year term on the Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Hearing will bring his expertise in the design of viral vectors for human gene therapy to the RAC. More

April

Professor Eckard Wimmer is the recipient of the 2014 Loeffler-Frosch Medal. This award is named for the pioneering virologists who discovered the causative agent of foot-and-mouth disease, Friedrch Loeffler and Paul Frosch, and has been given to Dr. Wimmer by the German Society for Virology in recognition of his distinguished career in the field of virology.

January

Dr. Wei-Xing Zong is promoted to Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology

 


2013

November

James Bliska, Professor of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology, has been elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. This honor is bestowed upon individuals for seminal contributions to research and is in recognition of his contributions to the field of microbial pathogenesis and bacterial-host interactions. Professor Bliska will be honored at the annual meeting of AAAS in Chicago on February 14, 2014. More

March

Professor Erich Mackow has been invited to present the keynote address at the IX International Conference on Hantaviruses to be held in Beijing, China in June 2013.

February

Professor Erich Mackow has been elected to Fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology. This honor is in recognition of his original contributions to the microbiological sciences and for excellence and creativity in his research program.

 


2012

July

Distinguished Professor Eckard Wimmer has received the 2012 Robert Koch Gold Medal for his lifetime achievements in virology, vaccine development and synthetic biology. This award, named for Nobel Prize winner Robert Koch, is one of the most prestigious scientific awards in Germany. More

June

Dr. Maurizio Del Poeta, M.D. joins the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbology. Professor Del Poeta's laboratory studies the role of sphingolipids in signaling pathways and pathogenesis of the opportunistic fungal pathogen Cryptococcus neoformans.

May

Distinguished Professor Eckard Wimmer is elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences. Professor Wimmer was one of 84 new members recognized for their research achievements. More

March

Professor James Bliska has been elected to Fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology. This honor is in recognition of his scientific achievement and original research contributions that have advanced the field of microbiology.

 

Distinguished Professor Eckard Wimmer has been honored by U.S. Congressman Tim Bishop for his contributions to the community by bestowing on him a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition.

 


2011

May

Dr. Carol Carter, Professor of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology, and AnnMarie Torres, a Genetics graduate student in Ando van der Velden's laboratory, are honored by the Center for Inclusive Education with the Faculty and Graduate Student Awards for Excellence in Diversity.

 

Kathryn (Kate) Bell, Graduate Program Coordinator for both the Molecular Genetics & Microbiology Graduate Program and the Genetics Program, receives the Dean's Award for Excellence in Service to Graduate Education by a Graduate Program Coordinator.

February

Dr. Wei-Xing Zong is promoted to Associate Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology.

January

Jorge Benach, Distinguished University Professor and Chair of the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology is elected to the rank of AAAS Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The AAAS Council elects Fellows based on their distinguished efforts on behalf of the advancement of science. Professor Benach is being honored for his outstanding contributions to the field of infectious diseases and to the national research agenda.

 


2010

December

Distinguished Professor Eckard Wimmer receives the M.W. Beijerinck Virology Prize from the Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. This prestigious international award is given every three years to recognize outstanding achievement by a virologist. The award is in recognition of Professor Wimmer's contributions to the RNA virology field and his lifelong work on poliovirus.

 

Professor Eugene Katz retires after 41 years at Stony Brook University. In addition to his research on the life cycle of the unicellular amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum, his many contributions to the University include the creation of the Genetics Graduate Program in 1980 and the expansion of the undergraduate biology program during his years as Director of that program.

August

Dr. Sumita Bhaduri-McIntosh joins the Department as Assistant Professor. Dr. Bhaduri-McIntosh's research concerns the early events that occur during infection of B lymphocytes with Epstein-Barr virus and molecular events that regulate the latent cycle-lytic cycle switch.

June

Dr. David Thanassi is promoted to Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology.

 


2009

December

Distinguished Professor Eckard Wimmer is elected to the rank of Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Wimmer received this honor for the sequencing of the poliovirus genome, for his work on poliovirus replication and pathogenesis, and for the cell-free synthesis of poliovirus.

October

Dr. Martha Furie, Professor of Pathology and Molecular Genetics & Microbiology, is elected Vice President of the American Society for Investigative Pathology. Dr. Furie will become President-Elect of the ASIP in 2010 and President of the ASIP in 2011.

September

Dr. Ellen Li joins the Department as Associate Professor. Dr. Li's primary appointment is in the Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Her research is focused on the molecular pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel diseases.

March

Dr. Erich Mackow, formerly of the Department of Medicine at Stony Brook University, joins the Department. Dr. Mackow's laboratory studies hantavirus, rotavirus and influenza virus pathogenesis.

 


2008

December

Dr. Jorge L. Benach, Chair of the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, has received the University's highest academic rank of Distinguished Professor. The title was created by the SUNY Board of Trustees to recognize and reward the scholarship and research of SUNY's finest and most accomplished faculty.

December

Dr. Laurie T. Krug joins the department as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Krug comes from Emory University where she trained as a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Samuel Speck. The focus of her research is gammaherpesvirus pathogenesis using murine gammaherpesvirus 68 as a model system.

January

Dr. Janet Hearing is promoted to Associate Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology.

 


2007

December

Dr. Adrianus van der Velden joins the department as an Assistant Professor. Dr. van der Velden conducted his postdoctoral research in the laboratory of Dr. Michael Starnbach at Harvard University. The main focus of his research will be the mammalian T cell response to Salmonella typhimurium.

December

Professor Nicholas Delihas retires after 36 years at Stony Brook University. Dr. Delihas' research focused on the structure and function of RNA and his research group performed pioneering and seminal work on non-coding RNAs. In addition to his extraordinary contributions to his field, Dr. Delihas served twice as acting Chair of the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology and as a working member of virtually all standing committees within the School of Medicine and the University. Dr. Delihas was also a devoted teacher in the classroom.

July

Dr. Carol Carter has been appointed to by Michael O. Leavitt, Secretary of Health & Human Services (HHS), to the Council of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Councils of the institutes of the NIH are both executive and advisory to the Directors. Appointment to Council by the Secretary of HHS is the culmination of a long selection process to provide the institutes with individuals of the highest scientific standing who will, in turn, assist in developing the health agenda of the nation. This appointent is a great honor for Dr. Carter, for the Department, and for Stony Brook University.

May

Professor and Chair Dr. Jorge L. Benach has been elected to Fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology.

April

Dr. Jorge L. Benach has been appointed as Chair of the Department of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology.

 


2006

December

Dr. Michael Hayman has been selected to serve as Associate Director for Research of the Stony Brook University Cancer Center.

April

Dr. Jorge L. Benach assumes the role of Interim Chair of the Department of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology.

Sean Connolly receives the prestigious Northeastern Association of Graduate School's Doctoral Dissertation Award. Dr. Connolly received his PhD in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology in 2004. His dissertation, "The Clearance of Relapsing Fever Spirochetemia is Mediated by Complement-Independent Bactericidal Antibodies" , was advised by Dr. Jorge Benach. Dr. Connolly is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Yale University.

January

Dr. Christopher S. Lee joins the department as an Assistant Professor. He comes from New York University Medical Center.

 


2005

November

Dr. Kepal N. Patel joins the department as an Assistant Professor. He comes to Stony Brook from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, where he completed his fellowship training in head and neck oncologic surgery.

September

Please welcome Dr. Wei-Xing Zong from Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute at the University of Pennsylvania. He joins us as an Assistant Professor.

October

Dr. Nancy Reich is a co-recipient of the 2005 International Society for Interferon and Cytokine Research Award with Menachem Rubinstein and Daniela Novick.

January

Dr. Nicholas Carpino joins the Department as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Carpino trained as a postdoctoral fellow at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in the laboratory of Dr. James Ihle. The focus of Dr. Carpino's research is the signaling pathway that regulates T cell activation.

 


2004

November

Dr. Nancy Reich, formerly of the Department of Pathology, joins the Department. Dr. Reich's laboratory studies signal transduction pathways activated by cytokines in the innate immune response.

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