(Philadelphia, PA) -- Dr. Erle S. Robertson has been appointed Leader of the Tumor Virology Program at the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania as well as Associate Professor in Microbiology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

After receiving his doctorate in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at Wayne State University, Detroit, Robertson became a fellow in microbiology and molecular genetics at Harvard Medical School. He continued his research pursuits as a fellow of the Cancer Research Institute and a Leukemia Society of America special fellow at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Prior to coming to Penn, Robertson was an instructor in the Department of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and an Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor. During this time he designed many of the courses he taught and was actively involved in the supervision of graduate and post-graduate research projects.

Robertson's current research interests center around identifying the mechanisms by which tumor viruses - specifically the Epstein-Barr virus and Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpes virus - infect human cells and advance the development of cancers, including Hodgkin's disease, Kaposi's sarcoma and AIDS lymphoma; and looks forward to a time when his research will advance to the point where specific therapies will be developed for treating viral associated cancers.

Robertson has authored numerous articles, books, book chapters, reviews and manuals; and has presented his work at professional meetings, both nationally and internationally. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and has received many prestigious awards, including the First Investigator Research Award
from the National Cancer Institute is 1996, and the Scholar Award from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of America in 1999. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, the Molecular Medicine Society, the American Society of Virology and the American Society for Microbiology. He is also on the editorial boards of the two leading virology journals. Robertson serves nationally on a number of scientific review panels for the National Institutes of Health, and internationally for the Scottish Hospital Endowments Research Trusts, the Welcome Foundation and the Israel Science Foundation.

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