Edward Stavnezer was born on February 10, 1941 in New Britain, Connecticut, USA. He obtained the B.S. degree in biology/chemistry and the M.S. degree in biochemistry from the University of Connecticut and a Ph.D. degree from Johns Hopkins University in developmental biology in 1971. He was a Helen Hay Whitney Postdoctoral Fellow with Harry Rubin at UC Berkeley (1971–1972) and with J. Michael Bishop at UC San Francisco (1972–1976), where he worked on retroviral replication and transcription. Stavnezer established his own laboratory Sloan-Kettering Institute in 1976, where his continuing work on oncogenic retroviruses led to the discovery of the Ski oncogene, which has been the focus of his research ever since. He moved to the University of Cincinnati in 1985 and then to Case Western Reserve University in 1993, where he became a Professor of biochemistry and an Associate Chair of biochemistry. Stavnezer served as the Virology and Molecular Biology Program Leader in the CWRU Cancer Center and as the Chairman of the graduate Molecular Virology Training Program and the Cancer Biology Training Program. He retired as a full-time faculty member in the spring of 2011 and was appointed as a Professor Emeritus in May. His research, which was supported by the NCI/NIH for almost 30 years, explored the interface between oncogenesis and cellular differentiation at the molecular level, using the activity of the Ski gene as a model. As an Emeritus Professor, Stavnezer continues to serve as the Chair of the CWRU Committee on Outside Interests, as an instructor in an undergraduate biochemistry course, and as a reviewer of manuscripts for scientific journals.
Biography Updated on 4 September 2011