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Dr. Steven Patierno honored at 2012 GSBS Alumni Reunion

November 24, 2012

Tracey Barnett

GSBS Deans Michael Blackburn, Ph.D., left, and Michelle Barton, Ph.D. stand with GSBS 2012 Distiguished Alumnus Steven Patierno, Ph.D. at the annual alumni reunion on November 16.

The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston celebrated its alumni reunion honoring the 2012-2013 Distinguished Alumnus Steven R. Patierno, Ph.D., at Trevisio Restaurant in the Texas Medical Center on November 16. The annual event is an opportunity for alumni to mingle, network and reminisce about their time at GSBS.

This year’s distinguished alumnus is the deputy director of the Duke Cancer Institute (DCI) and helps lead a top-ranked NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center dedicated to advancing multi- and trans-disciplinary cancer treatment and research, and expanding effective cancer outreach and education. Patierno began at DCI in June 2012.

Before joining the DCI, Patierno worked at The George Washington University Medical Center. At GWU he served as founding Director of the GW Cancer Institute, Vivian Gill Distinguished Professor of Oncology, founding Director of the Molecular and Cellular Oncology Program, Professor of Pharmacology and Physiology, Genetics and Urology in the School of Medicine and Health Science (SMHS), and Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health, and Global Health, in the School of Public Health and Health Services (SPHHS). 

Patierno received a B.S. in Pharmacy at the University of Connecticut and earned his doctoral degree in Pharmacology in 1985 at the Graduate School where he was awarded the Rosalie B. Hite Graduate Fellowship in Cancer Research for his work in pharmacology/toxicology and the molecular biology of cancer causation.  He then moved to the University of Southern California (USC) Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center as an NIH-funded post-doctoral fellow in molecular oncology and carcinogenesis. 

The event included a presentation by Patierno entitled, Cells to Society: A Trans-disciplinary Approach to Cancer Research. Also during the event, a new GSBS alumni president was officially announced with the ceremonial passing of the brick to Diane Hammond, Ph.D. Hammond graduated from GSBS in 1989 with her doctorate in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Her advisor was Henry Strobel, Ph.D.

To see images from the alumni reunion, please click here or visit the GSBS Facebook page. Video of Patierno's presentation to GSBS students entitled Trenches, Benches, Bedsides and Wrenches: Translational  Cancer Research Across the Health Continuum can be view here (link requires iTunes to view).