BETHESDA, MD, October 27, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present William Carl Saxinger with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Saxinger celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
Dr. Saxinger is an accomplished microbiologist, particularly known for his contributions in the effective screening of the HIV and HTLV pathogens, from hospitals and blood banks, which have helped improve public health and the security of the blood supply for all Americans. He has served the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health for 37 years, and for the past 21 years, Dr. Saxinger has been a senior investigator, supervisory microbiologist, and office director at the Center for Cancer Research at the National Institutes of Health's National Cancer Institute. He retired in 2009 after responding to nearly 100 lectures, collaborations, and journal editing projects since 2004.
Dr. Saxinger earned a PhD in microbiology from the University of Illinois in 1969. He started at the National Cancer Institute as a senior staff fellow in the Laboratory of Tumor Cell Biology in Bethesda, Maryland, in 1972. Early in his career, he worked as a NASA/NRC postdoctoral research associate in the Exobiology Division of NASA's AMES Research Center in 1969, and joined the Laboratory for Chemical Evolution in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Maryland as an assistant research professor from 1972 to 1976. His early work on leukemia led to studying feline leukemia, and naturally to immune response. In 1983 Dr. Saxinger established a facility to study human immune response to viral antigens based on the enzyme linked antibody assay (ELISA) and the HTLV human leukemia virus. The facility became a versatile platform for epidemiological, clinical, and screening collaborations to isolate new viruses, which led to development of blood tests for HIV during the beginning of the AIDS epidemic. The medical community and private sector were able to screen human blood donors for blood banks, effectively protecting patients from accidental infection when receiving blood.
Dr. Saxinger has served as a delegate to the U.S. Department of State and as a consultant in the development of the blood bank screening at Ortho Diagnostics. He published numerous articles in scientific journals and holds multiple patents for his technological developments in medicine involving polypeptides comprising IL-6 ligand binding receptor domains, ELISA, and for cell surface receptor polypeptides that bind HIV gp120 and related nucleic acids and antibodies. In 1991 Dr. Saxinger was honored for his work in automated peptide synthesis. "His new invention adds a new dimension to the field of experimental medicine, and will make it possible to carry out biochemical and biological experiments which would have been thought to be difficult if not impossible prior to his discovery," wrote an official on a site visit that year.
Dr. Saxinger has received numerous awards and commendations, notably a 1992 Technology Transfer Award by the Directors of the National Cancer Institute and Division of Cancer Etiology for his work contributing to blood bank screening technology. Dr. Saxinger was tapped several times during the ambitious reorganization of the NCI lasting from 1995 to 2002. He remarked on the pressures on the institute to discretely favor technical application over good science, and was later nominated as an acting chief there during 1997 and 1998. He has also been featured in Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare, and multiple editions of Who's Who in America, Who's Who in Science and Engineering, and Who's Who in the World. Dr. Saxinger also served his community by providing computer support for special needs classes at Ivymount Schools in Rockville, Maryland, from 1998 to 2005. He has been married to Judith Ann Conroy for 50 years. They have three children together: Justin, Daniel, and Anne. In his spare time, Dr. Saxinger enjoys working with computers, photography, music, and Aikido.
In recognition of outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Dr. Saxinger has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website. Please visit www.ltachievers.com for more information about this honor.
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