Room 115 Biomedical Research Tower, 460 W. 12th Ave.
All interested are invited to attend
The Center is honored to present the
Distinguished Research Career Award
to Anna Marie Skalka, Ph.D.
For seminal contributions to the field of retrovirology
and the mechanism of integration
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.