Ronald C. Desrosiers received his PhD with Fritz Rottman in Biochemistry at MSU in 1975. He then did postdoctoral research with Peter Lengyel at Yale University. He has had a distinguished career in primate virus research, including seminal discoveries about the simian immunodeficiency virus and its association with AIDS in rhesus monkeys. He headed the New England Primate Research Center at Harvard Medical School for 13 years and is currently at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. In addition to his work on fundamental biology of disease-causing viruses, he has been active in public policy debate on AIDS vaccine development.
Raymond MacDonald received his PhD with Robert Ronzio in Biochemistry at MSU in 1974. After a postdoc at U.C. San Francisco with Bill Rutter he became a faculty member early in the evolution of University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, where he has made key contributions to a number of areas including regulatory mechanisms for cell-type specific gene transcription in vertebrates, transcriptional control of organogenesis, and the nature cellular identity and its roles in maintaining the homeostasis of differentiated cells and disease prevention.
Howard C Towle received his Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry from Michigan State University under the guidance of Dr. John Boezi in 1974. He conducted postdoctoral research with Dr. Bert O’Malley at Baylor College of Medicine, studying mechanisms by which steroid hormones influence gene expression in the chick oviduct model system. He then joined the faculty at the University of Minnesota where he did seminal work on thyroid hormone regulated gene expression and then on how changes in glucose metabolism in response to high carbohydrate diet influence hepatic gene expression and promote lipogenesis.