Member Update

Published September 01 2017

In memoriam: Richard Harvey

Richard A. Harvey, biochemist and former professor of biochemistry at Rutgers Medical School, passed away April 14. He was 80.

Born Nov. 21, 1936, in Salt Lake City, Utah, Harvey earned both his B.S. and his Ph.D. at the University of Utah.

After completing postdoctoral training at the Institut de Biologie Physico-chimique in Paris, Harvey joined the faculty at Rutgers Medical School, where he stayed for 33 years until his retirement in 2000.

In retirement, Harvey remained a part of the Rutgers community as a professor emeritus of biochemistry. He was a beloved member of the faculty, and Rutgers Medical School established the Richard A. Harvey Excellence in Teaching Innovation Award in his honor.

Harvey also was author, illustrator and editor of the Lippincott’s Illustrated Reviews series, which served as a concise and illustrative educational tool on a number of scientific topics.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; two sons, Tristin and Todd; and five grandchildren.

Richard Harvey

Bill Sullivan takes post at PLOS blogs network

Bill Sullivan, Showalter professor of pharmacology and toxicology, and professor of microbiology and immunology at the Indiana University School of Medicine, is joining the Public Library of Science Blogs Network as a science writer and editor.

The PLOS Blogs Network is an online forum focused on science communication, connecting scientists with the general public. Sullivan’s research focuses on gene expression in protozoan parasites that cause toxoplasmosis and malaria.

Sullivan has published more than 70 academic articles and written for various publications, including ASBMB Today. He co-founded the science blog THE ’SCOPE in 2014.

Bill Sullivan


ACS fellows: Larsen, Sampson

Barbara S. Larsen and Nicole S. Sampson have been named to the 2017 class of fellows at the American Chemical Society.

Founded in 2008, the ACS Fellows Program was established to honor distinguished ACS members who have made significant contributions to science and the society.

Larsen is a senior technology fellow in the corporate center for analytical chemistry at DuPont. She developed a novel process to produce safer fluorinated polymer products and an analytical method to confirm consumer safety.

Sampson is a professor and former chair of chemistry at Stony Brook University. Through her research, she helped translate the mycobacterial cholesterol metabolism pathway into drug targets.

The 2017 class was recognized during the society’s 254th National Meeting and Exposition, Aug. 20-24 in Washington, D.C.

Barbara Larson
Nicole Sampson

Rao receives UTenn Malloy professorship

Gadiparthi Rao, distinguished professor in the department of physiology in the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has received the George and Elizabeth Malloy Professorship.

The endowed Malloy professorship recognizes an outstanding scientist and will support research conducted at the College of Medicine.

Rao is a leading expert in the field of cardiovascular biology. His research explores vascular cell remodeling and injury as it relates to angiogenesis or the forming of new blood vessels from pre-existing blood vessels.

Gadiparthi Rao

Stapleton named interim provost and VP

Susan Stapleton, dean of the Western Michigan University Graduate College, has been selected to serve for a year as interim provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Stapleton, who holds a joint appointment as professor of both chemistry and biological sciences, has been a faculty member at WMU since 1990. She previously served as associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences before becoming dean of the Graduate College in 2012.

Her research focuses on understanding the regulation of carbohydrate and fatty acid metabolism.

Stapleton has garnered numerous awards throughout her career for her distinguished research and administrative leadership.

She assumed her new role in July.

Susan Stapleton

Blackburn, Greider win Morani award

Elizabeth Blackburn and Carol Greider are joint winners of the 2017 Alma Dea Morani M.D. Renaissance Woman award.

Presented by the Women in Medicine Legacy Foundation, the award recognizes outstanding women who have had a profound impact upon the scientific community.

Pioneers in the fields of molecular biology and genetics, Blackburn and Greider shared the 2009 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine with Jack W. Szostak for their discovery of how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase.

Blackburn is a professor at the University of California, San Francisco, and president of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. Greider is a professor and a director of molecular genetics and biology at Johns Hopkins University.

Blackburn and Greider will receive their awards in November.

Elizabeth Blackburn
Carol Greider

Cissé honored as Pew Scholar

Ibrahim Cissé, the Class of 1922 Career Development Assistant Professor in the department of physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has been named as a 2017 Pew Scholar in the biomedical sciences.

The Pew Scholars program provides funding to support early-career scientists in conducting innovative research in the biomedical sciences.

Cissé is among 22 honorees who will receive $240,000 each in financial support over four years to fund their research.

Cissé’s research explores the fundamental processes in gene activation. At his lab, he uses a combination of techniques to study biological interactions within living cells.

Ibrahim Cissé

In memoriam: Kenneth Gibson

Biochemist Kenneth David Gibson passed away April 6. He was 90.

Born in the Federated Malay States in 1926, Gibson earned his bachelor’s degree at Trinity College at Cambridge and his Ph.D. in biochemistry at the University of London.

Gibson began his career as a Leverhulme research fellow in the department of chemical pathology at St. Mary’s Hospital in London. In 1965, he joined Harold Scheraga’s research group at Cornell University, predicting protein structure based on mathematical calculations of energy states.

He joined the Roche Institute of Molecular Biology in 1968, where his research centered on glycoprotein formation and collagen structure.

Gibson returned to Scheraga’s team at Cornell in 1984, resuming his previous work developing mathematical algorithms to model protein structure. He retired in 1994 but remained active within the Cornell community. He is survived by his three sons and three grandchildren.


Stahelin takes position at Purdue

Robert V. Stahelin recently moved to Purdue University, where he was appointed as the Retter professor of pharmacy in the department of medicinal chemistry and molecular pharmacology.

Stahelin previously served as adjunct associate professor of pharmacology and toxicology at Indiana University School of Medicine and as an adjunct associate professor in chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame.

He received his undergraduate degree and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, Chicago, where he studied the structural basis of lipid–protein interactions.

Stahelin also serves as co-director of the Lipid Research Division at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Robert V. Stahelin

Cristea, Overall win HUPO awards

Ileana Cristea, professor of molecular biology at Princeton University, and Christopher Overall, lab head and principal investigator at the Centre for Blood Research at the University of British Columbia, are among the winners of the 2017 Human Proteome Organization awards.

Presented annually, the HUPO awards recognize outstanding achievements in the field of proteomics.

Cristea and Overall are co-recipients of the Discovery in Proteomic Sciences Award, which recognizes a single discovery in the field.

Cristea’s research lies at the interface between proteomics and virology, with the goal of understanding viral infection from a proteomics perspective.

Overall’s lab founded the field of “degradomics,” a term they coined to describe the application of genomic and proteomic techniques to study proteases on a cell-, tissue- and organismwide scale.

The awards will be presented in September at the 16th HUPO World Congress in Dublin, Ireland.

Ileana Cristea
Christopher Overall

Kopchicks give $10.5M endowment to UTHealth

John J. Kopchick and Charlene Kopchick are presenting the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences with a $10.5 million endowment.

The John J. Kopchick and Charlene Kopchick Endowed Fellowships will fund up to 15 students at the graduate school, where John Kopchick earned his Ph.D. in 1980.

The Kopchicks’ gift also will fund the Dr. John J. Kopchick Research Symposium as well as student research awards, which further will support and benefit young scholars.

John J. Kopchick is a distinguished professor and the Goll–Ohio professor of molecular and cellular biology and is a principal investigator in the Edison Biotechnology Institute at Ohio University.

A molecular endocrinologist, Kopchick’s research explores the molecular structure of a growth hormone, a protein produced in the pituitary gland at the base of the brain.

John J. Kopchick and Charlene Kopchick

Erik Chaulk Erik Chaulk is a peer-review coordinator and digital publications web specialist at the ASBMB.