Microbiology faculty celebrate Mark Stinski's contributions to science and medicine

The faculty of the Department of Microbiology gathered on Saturday, December 1, 2012, to celebrate Mark Stinski's contributions to science and medicine. More than 60 people attended the celebration.  

Edward Mocarski, PhD, from Emory University, and Eain Murphy, PhD, from Cleveland Clinic, both earned their graduate degrees under Dr. Stinski's mentorship and were speakers at the event. Usha Balakrishnan, a former staff member of The University of Iowa Research Foundation, talked about Dr. Stinski's patent, "Transfer vectors and microorganisms containing human cytomegalovirus immediate-early promoter-regulatory DNA sequence." She had recently joined the UI Research Foundation when the patent was issued on December 1, 1992, which, coincidentally, was exactly twenty years prior to this celebration.

Dr. Stinski joined the Department of Microbiology in 1973 as an Assistant Professor of Virology, and as of December 2011, is Professor Emeritus. He has provided 39 years of service to the Department and its members as a researcher and educator. He is also an exceptionally rare and highly important entrepreneur, whose dedicated efforts have paid off in major ways to contribute financially to The University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine, and Department of Microbiology.

Pictured below (from the top) are Mark Stinski with his family, Ed Mocarski with Mark Stinski, Eain Murphy, and Mark Stinski with Usha Balakrishnan. 

Stinski family

Mocarski and Stinski

Eain speaking