John Louis Gerin edited the book "Viral Hepatitis," which is considered one of the most important references on the subject.
BETHESDA, MD, November 22, 2019 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present John Louis Gerin, PhD, with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Gerin 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.
An award-winning microbiologist and educator, Dr. Gerin celebrates a career that has spanned over four decades. He dedicated the first few years of his career with Abbott Laboratories, Inc. in North Chicago, where he joined the scientific research division and became interested in vaccine development. During his short time with the aforementioned laboratories, he participated in the development and testing of more than 25 vaccines for protection from respiratory pathogens. Dr. Gerin also served as a group leader of biophysical and biochemical virology within the infectious diseases' division.
Dr. Gerin then joined Oak Ridge National Laboratories in Tennessee, where Dr. Gerin worked as both a research scientist and the director of molecular anatomy for the infectious disease program, of which he founded. While employed at these laboratories, he also became affiliated with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Additionally, he was a professor and the director of the division of molecular virology and immunology in the department of microbiology and immunology at Georgetown University Medical Center for more than 25 years, becoming an emeritus professor in 2005. He is a professor emeritus at the Catholic Medical College in Seoul, South Korea, as well.
Renowned for his work, Dr. Gerin was awarded the King Faisal Foundation International Prize for Medicine in 1998 alongside his associate, Dr. Purcell, an American virologist, for their collaborative research on the control of communicable diseases. The two prominent scientists were responsible for the discovery, identification, characterization and vaccine developments of various hepatitis viruses. Becoming one of the most substantial achievements in history for one of the most common communicable diseases of our time, Dr. Gerin and Dr. Purcell also produced seminal studies on hepatitis A, B and E viruses, which ultimately led to the development of the vaccines of hepatitis A and B, which are now widely used around the world. As a result, their work has had a profound effect on the control and prevention of various forms of hepatitis, and their laboratories, which are devoted to the study of hepatitis, have served as points of reference for many centers around the world. The two have notably collaborated together for more than 30 years.
Dr. Gerin was affiliated with the New York Blood Center in New York City as a member of the scientific advisory board. He has participated on the advisory committee for the University of California and the scientific advisory board of the Albert Sabin Vaccine Institute. Likewise, Dr. Gerin was an appointed member of the Lombardi Cancer Center at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
A prolific author, Dr. Gerin has authored or co-authored more than 500 scientific articles and abstracts. In 2002, he edited the book "Viral Hepatitis," which is considered one of the most important references on the subject. He also served on various editorial boards for scholarly journals such as the Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis and the Journal of Clinical Laboratory Investigation.
An alumnus of Georgetown University, Dr. Gerin received an undergraduate degree in 1959. He then transferred to the University of Tennessee, where he obtained both a master's degree in 1961 and a Doctor of Philosophy in 1964, respectively.
To stay abreast in his field, Dr. Gerin has been active as a member of several industry-related organizations, including the American Association of Immunology, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the American Society of Microbiology, the American Association of Virology and the American Association for Advancement of Science. He is also a member of Sigma Xi. A celebrated Marquis listee, Dr. Gerin has been included in the first edition of Who's Who in Science and Engineering.
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