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Bert W. O’Malley

  • National Medal of Science
  • Biological Sciences
For his pioneering work on the molecular mechanisms of steroid hormone action and hormone receptors and coactivators, which has had a profound impact on our knowledge of steroid hormones in normal development and in diseases, including cancer.rnrn

Dubbed the “father of molecular endocrinology,” Dr. Bert W. O’Malley decoded the mystery of cellular mechanisms and the misunderstood relationship between hormones and proteins.rnrnFrom growing up surrounded by the steel mills of Pittsburgh, his work has led to advances in cancer research, working to develop a drug candidate shown to inhibit cancer tumor growth.rnrnPiling up 22 patents, Dr. O’Malley’s work has influenced the fields of gene regulation, molecular endocrinology and steroid receptor action, coupled by over 650 published papers.rnrnChairman of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Dr. O’Malley’s research has covered the gamut in research from hormone action, gene expression and therapy to nanotechnology.rnrnBy Melissa Ayala