Chestnut Hill College to Host Science Career Day

Dr. Anna Marie Skalka of Fox Chase Cancer Center to Speak

Release Date: Wednesday, September 22, 2010

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Chestnut Hill College will host a Science Career Day on Wednesday, September 22, 2010. Science Career Day is sponsored by the Division of Natural Sciences at Chestnut Hill College.

Science Career Day will feature the keynote speech, “Ghosts of Ancient Viruses in Vertebrate Genomes,” by Dr. Anna Marie Skalka, professor and basic science director emerita at the Fox Chase Cancer Center., “The lecture will take place at 2 p.m. in the East Parlor, St. Joseph Hall on the College’s campus.

Dr. Skalka is internationally recognized for her contributions to our understanding of the biochemical mechanisms by which such viruses, including the AIDS virus, replicates and inserts their genetic material into the host genome. Dr. Skalka’s major research interests are the molecular aspects of the replication of retroviruses.

Dr. Skalka has published numerous peer-reviewed scientific papers and scholarly reviews, edited several books, organized and spoken at national and international meetings and conferences, and is co-author of the definitive textbook, Principles of Virology. She has been a member of numerous advisory boards, including the National Cancer Institute Board of Scientific Counselors, the General Motors Cancer Research Foundation Awards Assembly, the Board of Governors of the American Academy of Microbiology, and the National Advisory Committee for the Pew Biomedical Scholars Program. Dr. Skalka has also been deeply involved in state, national, and international advisory groups concerned with the societal implications of scientific research, including the NJ Commission on Cancer Research and the U.S. Defense Science Board. In recognition of her many research accomplishments, she has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Board of Governors of the American Academy of Microbiology. She received a Ph.D. in microbiology from New York University Medical School.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Joseph Kulkosky, Ph.D., associate professor of biology at 215.248.7157 or email