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Ruppert named first Statler Chair in breast cancer research

on Wed, 04/15/2009 - 08:00

J. Michael Ruppert, M.D., Ph.D., has been installed as the first Jo and Ben Statler Eminent Scholar and Chair in Breast Cancer Research at West Virginia’s Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center.

The chair was made possible by a $5 million gift to the Cancer Center from the Statlers in 2007. The gift was part of an overall gift of $25 million from the Statlers to WVU that included underwriting for Bonnie’s Bus, a mobile digital mammography unit.
A WVU graduate with a degree in chemistry, Dr. Ruppert earned his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Johns Hopkins University, where he trained in the laboratory of Bert Vogelstein, a leader in the field of colorectal cancer genetics.
He was then awarded a Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell Postdoctoral Fellowship, which he used to study in the lab of Bruce Stillman at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory on New York’s Long Island.
From 1993 to 2008, Ruppert was on the faculty in the Department of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). From 2000 to 2008, he was co-director of the Program in Cancer Cell Biology of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center.
In 2008, Ruppert returned to his alma mater to become holder of the Statler Chair and co-leader of the Breast Cancer Research Program.
He has served as a professional consultant to federal, state and private funding agencies, including the National Institutes of Health, the Medical Research Council of Great Britain, the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program, the Kentucky Lung Cancer Research Program and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.