Bert Vogelstein, M.D.
Born June 2, 1949, at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland
Undergraduate degree: B.A., Mathematics, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1970
Graduate degree: M.D., Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, 1974
19741976: Pediatric intern and resident, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Which end is up? When it comes to the fine art of conducting experiments, Vogelstein was not always a gifted performer. During his first summer after medical school, Vogelstein worked in a laboratory with molecular immunologist Howard Dintzis. "He told me to pipette something. So the first question I asked him was, 'Which end do I put in my mouth?' He burst out laughing. But how would you know? I thought that was a reasonable question."
1978, 1983, 1989: Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor of Oncology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
SELECTED HONORS, AWARDS, AND FELLOWSHIPS
Member, National Academy of Sciences
Science All-Stars: Along with such scientific luminaries as Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Isaac Newton, Leonardo da Vinci, and Louis Pasteur, Vogelstein is featured on a scientist trading card.
SELECTED PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
Board of Reviewing Editors, Science
Professor Patent Pending: Vogelstein is listed as an inventor on 99 U.S. patents.
More than 300 original research articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Science, Nature, Cell, The New England Journal of Medicine, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Cancer, and Cancer Research. Review articles and editorials in numerous publications. Editor of the textbook The Genetic Basis of Human Cancer.
OUTSIDE THE LAB
Creative vegetarianism: Vogelstein became a vegetarian about 16 years ago after visiting a petting zoo with his son Jacob. "He asked, 'Daddy, how come we pet these animals here and then go home and eat them?' I didn't have a good answer," says Vogelstein. "So I stopped eating them." A typical afternoon snack: a red pepper filled with Sugar Smacks cereal. "No milk," explains postdoc Harith Rajagopalan, "because he's lactose intolerant."
Family time: Vogelstein enjoys spending time with his childrenJacob, Joshua, and Ahavaand with his siblings and their families. "Every Friday night we get togetherabout 30 of usand we eat, talk, and play games," he says. Vogelstein's favorite: 20 questions. "Because it's so logical. I try to teach the kids to think logically."
Race to the top: Vogelstein is quite competitive when it comes to sports. The lab regularly holds basketball and tennis tournaments, and he even races students and postdocs up the three flights of stairs to the lab. "I thought it would be a good opportunity to get some exercise," explains Shibin Zhou, now an assistant professor in the Vogelstein lab. "But Bert had to turn it into a competition. I'm a lot younger than he is, so I beat him," says Zhou. "But he just wouldn't stop until he won."
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