Penn State College of Medicine Alumni Update

Dr. James C. Alwine Med'75

Named PSU Alumni Fellow

James C. Alwine, Ph.D. Med’74, who is the associate director of the Abramson Cancer Center, investigator at the Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute, and professor of Cancer Biology at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, received the Penn State Alumni Association Alumni Fellow Award on October 21, 2009 at University Park. The award, which is the most prestigious given by the Alumni Association, is presented to select alumni who are leaders in their professional fields.

A cancer cell biologist and virologist, Alwine has dedicated his career to understanding cancer biology, studying the effects of DNA tumor viruses on transcription, RNA processing, cellular signaling, and metabolism. His research on cellular and viral processes led him to develop the Northern Transfer, a technique used for analyzing RNA.

Alwine has published more than 75 peer-reviewed research papers. He has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Virology, Gene Expression, DNA and Cell Biology, and was an editor of Molecular and Cellular Biology. He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Society for Microbiology and the American Society for Virology. He currently serves on the National Institutes of Health’s Reviewer’s Reserve Committee, was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, and was honored with the O.F. Stambaugh Outstanding Chemistry Alumni Award from Elizabethtown College.

Previously, Alwine was the assistant dean of the School of Medicine and director of the graduate programs in Cell Growth and Cancer, Microbiology and Virology, and Cell and Molecular Biology at the University of Pennsylvania. There he was recognized with the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching.

Alwine and his wife, Sherrill Adams, a biochemistry professor at University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, live in Media, Pa. Their daughter, Allison, is a Legislative Fellow in Washington, D.C.

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