Irvine, Calif., Aug. 29, 2002 -- Eric Stanbridge, an internationally known expert in the molecular genetics of cancer, has been named a Distinguished Professor, UC Irvine's highest recognition of faculty achievement.
The Distinguished Professor title is awarded by Chancellor Ralph J. Cicerone and is reserved for senior faculty members who have achieved the highest levels of scholarship during their careers.
"With this designation, Eric Stanbridge joins a select group of UCI faculty who have earned national and international recognition for their work," Cicerone said. "We are proud to have a scientist of Stanbridge's caliber here at UCI."
Stanbridge, a professor of microbiology and molecular genetics at the College of Medicine, also holds an appointment in the School of Biological Sciences. His research focuses on the functional characterization of genes that cause cancer and on tumor suppressor genes that are involved in cancer predisposition and progression.
Stanbridge was one of the first researchers to characterize the genetic nature of tumor suppression. Tumor suppressor genes control cancer growth, and their dysfunction can lead to the induction of cancer. In addition, he was one of the first researchers to use genetic material called ribosomal RNA as a molecular probe to detect pathogenic microorganisms.
"I am honored and proud to receive this recognition from UCI," Stanbridge said. "Although I personally have received this recognition, my success would not have been possible without the dedicated efforts of my students, postdoctoral fellows and staff, as well as the wonderful collegiality and support I have received from my colleagues in the department and elsewhere."
Stanbridge, who earned his doctorate from Stanford University, has served on the UCI faculty since 1975. He lives in Corona del Mar.