Issued January 16, 1998
F. William Studier, Chair of the Biology Department at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, has been elected a Fellow in the American Society for Microbiology, a professional organization with more than 1,300 Academy Fellows who have demonstrated scientific excellence in their field. After earning two degrees in biophysics - a B.S. from Yale University in 1958 and a Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in 1963 - Dr. Studier completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He joined Brookhaven in 1964 as an assistant biophysicist, earning his present title in 1990. Since 1975, he has also been an adjunct professor in the Biochemistry Department at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Dr. Studier developed a patented process that uses information in genes to create proteins. Called the T7 expression system, it is widely used in molecular genetics and biotechnology research. A recipient of the 1977 Ernest Orlando Lawrence Memorial Award for his contributions to the field of genetics, Dr. Studier is also a member of several other prestigious professional organizations, including the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Studier resides in Stony Brook, New York.