Tuesday, April 5, 2011
A conversation with Stuart Edelstein, Professor Emeritus of biology and neuroscience (University of Geneva) and member of the French Académie des Sciences.
Stuart J. Edelstein received a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of California (Berkeley) in 1967. Following a post-doctoral year at the Pasteur Institute in the laboratory of Jacques Monod, he joined the faculty of Cornell University in the Section of Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology, where he became Professor in 1977 and served as Chairman from 1978 to 1980. He was a Visiting Scientist at the Weizmann Institute of Science (1974) and spent two sabbatical years (1980-1981 and 1984-1985) in Paris as Professeur associé at the University of Paris XII (Créteil) in the laboratory of Jean Rosa and as Visiting Scientist at the Pasteur Institute.
In 1986 he moved to the University of Geneva as Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and was Director of the Department for the period 1987-1994. He returned to the Pasteur Institute in 1994 for a sabbatical leave in the laboratory of Jean-Pierre Changeux, with whom he continues an active collaboration. He was elected Foreign Associate of the Académie des Sciences de l'Institut de France in 1998 and served as Editor-in-chief of the Comptes Rendus BIOLOGIES (Proceedings of the French Academy of Sciences in Biology) 2001-2008. He held the International Chair at the Collège de France for the academic year 2002-2003, for which he delivered a leçon inaugurale. He was awarded the Légion d'honneur by the French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin on Nov. 27, 2003 in a ceremony at the Hôtel Matignon.
S.J. Edelstein has published over 100 research articles and six books, among them:
DES GENES AUX GENOMES (Odile Jacob, Paris, 2002)--published in French, translated into Portuguese.
NICOTINIC ACETYLCHOLINE RECEPTORS: FROM MOLECULAR BIOLOGY TO COGNITION with Jean-Pierre Changeux (The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore & Odile Jacob Publishing, Paris, 2005).