This profile originally appeared in the Summer 2011 issue of Bowdoin magazine.
Bowdoin major: Chemistry
Hometown: Norwood, Rhode Island
Title: Professor of Microbiology, Molecular Genetic & Immunology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School; University Professor of Molecular Biology, Rutgers University; Director, Center for Advanced Biotechnology & Medicine (CABM).
Greatest influence: On life issues, my family, and on science, my teachers including Joseph Rohloff (high school), Dr. Bill Root (Bowdoin Chem. Professor), Dr. Ed L . Tatum (Nobel Laureate & Professor, Rockefeller University, my Ph.D. mentor).
Most rewarding part of my job: Seeing students and others I’ve mentored at CA BM and elsewhere become independent, accomplished researchers and leaders in their fields in many different countries.
Greatest accomplishment: In general, identifying and pursuing/enjoying the important things in life; In my career, discovering critical, early steps in the mechanism of gene expression in human viruses and cells.
Favorite Bowdoin memory: An unheated summer cottage shared with Roland Di Leone for sophomore and junior years.
What actor would play you in a movie? Jack Nicholson or Denzel Washington.
I can’t live without: Music and art of all genres from Mozart to Puccini to Dylan and Rembrandt to Homer to Warhol.
When I was young I wanted to be: A scientist, from as long as I can remember.