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"It may well be that the single most important influence in my youth that shaped my future was growing up on a farm in West Tennessee. Everything in Life is revealed-large, happy and sad—and there I developed the obsession to understand, really understand, everything I could about the magical phenomenon we call Life. And I knew that in order to do that, I must prepare myself by seeking out the most rigorous training I could in the hard sciences (mathematics, chemistry, physics)."


University of Pittsburgh

School of Medicine

E13588 Thomas E Starzl Biomedical Science Tower

200 Lothrop Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15261














Judith Lancaster

Jack and Shirley Lancaster

Margaret Gade

Ed Bucovaz

Peter Hinkle

Efraim Racker

Henry Kamin

John Salerno

Richard Simmons

Bruce Freeman

Lou Ignarro




"If the day comes when the slime of the laboratory for the first time crawls under Man’s direction, we shall have great need of humbleness. It will be difficult for us to believe, in our pride of achievement, that the secret of Life has slipped through our fingers and eludes us still. We will list all the chemicals and the reactions. The men who have become gods will pose austerely before the popping flashbulbs of news photographers, and there will be few to consider —  so deep is the mind-set of an age —  whether the desire to link Life to Matter may not have blinded us to the more remarkable characteristics of both."

Loren Eisley "The Immense Journey" (Preface for my Ph.D. Dissertation, 1974)



  • Mentoring Young Investigators

  • Didactic Training Lectures on Chemical Foundations of Reactive Species for Biologists

  • NO and Cellular Iron



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