Newsmaker: Graham Hatfull
Age : 52
Residence: Upper St. Clair
Family : Wife, Katrine Pflanze; sons Fred, 20, and Roger, 16
Occupation : Biological sciences professor and department chair at the University of Pittsburgh
Education : Bachelor's degree in biological sciences from the University of London's Westfield College, 1978; doctorate in molecular biology from the University of Edinburgh, 1981
Noteworthy : In May, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute re-named Hatfull an HHMI professor and granted him $800,000 to support his research about bacteriophages, or viruses that infect bacteria.
Background : Hatfull has been an HHMI professor since 2002 and has received $2.3 million from the organization. He has used the money to fund a program called Phage Hunters, which allows novice researchers to identify and study new types of bacteriophages. In 2008, Phage Hunters became the first educational program to be implemented nationally by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. About 570 undergraduate freshmen at 24 institutions researched bacteriophages through the program during the 2009-2010 academic year.
Quote : "It's absolutely magic. I was very privileged and delighted to be one of 20 professors that was appointed in 2002 when they first started this particular program. ... So absolutely it's an unusual honor and I'm humbled and delighted by it."
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Starkey: Burnett writing incredible final chapter
- Alvarez’s walk-off single lifts Pirates over Padres
- Pirates notebook: Four players selected for All-Star Game
- Torn thumb ligament puts Pirates’ Harrison on 15-day disabled list
- Crazy Mocha owner likes comfort, says shrewd decisions foster growth
- Accident closes Route 22 in Murrysville
- Living Treasures animal park plans upset Liberty residents
- Pair charged with prostitution-related offenses in South Greensburg
- New Ken police arrest cobbler robbery suspects
- 5 juveniles injured in Washington County crash
- Armstrong football successful in its debut during summer competition at Juniata