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Molecular Medicine

, Volume 20, Supplement 1, pp S31–S36 | Cite as

The Medical Biochemistry of Poverty and Neglect

  • Peter J. Hotez
Retrospective

Beginnings

One of the happiest memories from my early 20s was returning on the train from New York on a winter evening in 1980. Earlier that day, I had just met Professor Anthony Cerami, one of the youngest full professors at Rockefeller University and head of the Laboratory of Medical Biochemistry. I had just interviewed for the MD/PhD biomedical scientist training program at Rockefeller and Cornell Universities and was headed back to New Haven, Connecticut, where I was a Yale undergraduate senior major in molecular biophysics and biochemistry.

My life’s ambition was to explore the then emerging field of molecular biology and apply it to the study of medically important parasites. Earlier, a Yale professor I had met at a seminar and reception, the eminent protozoologist, Luigi Provasoli (1908–1992), had informed me that Rockefeller University was expanding its commitment to tropical pathogens and had begun studying them at the cellular, immunological, and molecular level. At that...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National School of Tropical MedicineBaylor College of MedicineHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Department of PediatricsBaylor College of MedicineHoustonUSA
  3. 3.Department of Molecular Virology and MicrobiologyBaylor College of MedicineHoustonUSA
  4. 4.Sabin Vaccine Institute and Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine DevelopmentHoustonUSA
  5. 5.Department of BiologyBaylor UniversityWacoUSA
  6. 6.James A. Baker III Institute for Public PolicyRice UniversityHoustonUSA
  7. 7.HoustonUSA

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