Dr. Martin Tenniswood Appointed Empire Innovation Professor at UAlbany Cancer Center

RENSSELAER, N.Y. (January 25, 2008) - Martin Tenniswood has recently joined the Gen*NY*Sis Center for Excellence as a prestigious Empire Innovations Professor. He came from the University of Notre Dame where he had held the Coleman Foundation Endowed Chair in Life Sciences since 1998. Born in Uganda, Tenniswood earned his bachelor's degree at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario in 1973, and his doctorate from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario in 1979, under the mentorship of Professor Albert Clark. He was a visiting post-doctoral scientist at the Laboratory for Development Biochemistry of the National Institute for Medical Research in London, in working with Dr. Jamshed Tata, FRS. He was appointed Assistant in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Ottawa in1983 rising to Full Professor in 1994 before leaving to take up a position as senior scientist and Director of the W. Alton Jones Cell Science Center in Lake Placid, New York. His appointment at UAlbany represents a welcome return to Upstate New York. Tenniswood studies the hormonal control of cell growth and cell death, particularly as they relate to the development, progression, and treatment of prostate and breast cancer. He has been a member of numerous national and international committees and various advisory groups at the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health. He currently serves on the Integration Panel of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. He has also chaired the Gordon Conference on Cell Death and the Gordon Conference on Clusterin (Apo J) and Apo E. Tenniswood has served on the editorial board for the Journal of Andrology, The Prostate and as editor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology. He is currently on the editorial board of The Journal of Biological Chemistry and is an ad hoc reviewer for ten other scholarly publications, including the Journal of American Pathology, Biochemistry, and Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism and Science. He is a member of the Canadian Biochemical Society, American Society of Andrology, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and the International Cell Death Society. Tenniswood was awarded the Canadian Medical Research Council Scholarship and was named Professor of the Year by the Biochemistry Students Association at the University of Ottawa in 1993 and won a Kaneb Teaching Award at the University of Notre Dame in 2003 and was chosen by the students as the Best Professor in the College of Science in 2007.