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2013 Distinguished Research Career Award

Anna Marie Skalka, PhD. Professor and W. W. Smith Chair in Cancer Research, Senior Advisor to the President, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Anna Marie (Ann) Skalka obtained her Ph.D. degree in Microbiology from New York University Medical School with Dr. Jerard Hurwitz, and was a postdoctoral fellow with Nobel Laureate, Dr. Alfred Hershey, at the Carnegie Institution in Cold Spring Harbor. She continued her scientific career at Roche Institute of Molecular Biology and Hoffmann-La Roche, Inc., where she held several key positions including Head of Department of Molecular Oncology at Roche Institute of Molecular Biology, and Assistant Vice President of Hoffmann-La Roche, Inc. Since 1987, Dr. Skalka has been a Professor and the W. W. Smith Chair in Cancer Research at the Institute for Cancer Research at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia. She also served as Senior Vice President for Basic Science from 1987 until 2008.

Dr. Skalka’s major research interests are the molecular aspects of the replication of retroviruses. She is internationally recognized for her seminal contributions to our understanding of the biochemical mechanisms by which retroviruses (including HIV) replicate and insert their genetic material into the host genome. Dr. Skalka’s recent work has focused on elucidating the architecture of a key retroviral enzyme, integrase, and has provided critical information for both understanding the function of this protein as well as exploiting it as a therapeutic target. Dr. Skalka has published more than 240 scientific papers and scholarly reviews, has edited several scientific books, organized and spoken at national and international meetings and conferences, and is coauthor of the widely acclaimed textbook, Principles of Virology.

Dr. Skalka has served on the editorial boards of several peer-reviewed scientific journals and has been a member of numerous advisory boards, including the National Cancer Institute Board of Scientific Counselors, the General Motors Cancer Research Foundation Awards Assembly, the Board of Governors of the American Academy of Microbiology, and the National Advisory Committee for the Pew Biomedical Scholars Program. Dr. Skalka has also been deeply involved in state, national, and international advisory groups concerned with the broader, societal implications of scientific research; including chairing the NJ Commission on Cancer Research. In recognition of her outstanding research accomplishments, she has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and to the Board of Governors of the American Academy of Microbiology.

Dr. Anna Marie Skalka

Dr. Anna Marie Skalka (center) receives Career Award crystal from Center for Retrovirus Research Director Dr. Patrick L. Green (right) and Center member Dr. Mamuka Kvaratskhelia (left).

Dr. Anna Marie Skalka

Dr. Anna Marie Skalka during her distinguished research seminar presentation to Ohio State University faculty, students, and staff