Edward M. Johnson
Edward M. Johnson received his B.A. degree from Pomona College with honors in chemistry, and his Ph.D. degree from Yale University, working with Paul Greengard on cyclic nucleotide-dependent phosphorylation of synaptic proteins in the central nervous system. He then performed his postdoctoral work with Vincent G. Allfrey at The Rockefeller University, continuing work on protein phosphorylation, and focusing on cell cycle-dependent phosphoryation of chromatin proteins. After working at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, focused on leukemia, Dr. Johnson held a position as an Assistant Professor at The Rockefeller University with a secondary appointment at Cornell University Medical College. He remained at Rockefeller for 11 years, as an Assistant and Associate Professor, working on cancer. Significant contributions were made in the fields of histone modifications, chromatin structure, minichromosome structure, and telomere structure. Dr. Johnson then moved to Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where he focused on proteins involved in chromosomal DNA replication in cancer. Dr. Johnson and colleagues developed and first employed a method for mapping origins of chromosomal DNA replication in mammalian cells. Seminal work was published on the mechanism by which asbestos interacts with DNA to cause cancer. Work expanded to include polyomavirus replication in an opportunistic infection of the central nervous system in AIDS. At Mount Sinai, Dr. Johnson was a Vice Chairman of the Department of Pathology, and an Associate Director of the D.H. Ruttenberg Cancer Center. Recently Dr. Johnson moved to Eastern Virginia Medical School, where he is the Chairman of Microbiology and Molecular Cell Biology, and Foundation Distinguished Chair of Biological Sciences. Dr. Johnson has over 100 publications, and has been on numerous grant review committees and editorial boards. Dr. Johnson was also the recipient of a Faculty Research Award from the American Cancer Society.
Biography Updated on 23 May 2008