Werner K. Maas, Ph.D.

Title: Professor Emeritus
Company:  New York University
Location: Hastings On Hudson, New York, United States

Werner K. Maas, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus at New York University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in microbiology education.

Drawing upon nearly five decades of professional excellence in the field of education, Dr. Maas specialized in the regulation of gene expression and plasmid replication. Most recently serving as a professor in the department of microbiology at New York University from 1963 until attaining emeritus status in 1994, he previously served the university as an associate professor in microbiology from 1957 to 1963 and assistant professor in pharmacology from 1954 to 1957. Prior to these illustrious roles, he was a commissioned officer with the U.S. Public Health Service’s Tuberculosis Research Laboratory at Cornell University from 1948 to 1954 and a postdoctoral fellow at the California Institute of Technology from 1946 to 1948.

While at New York University, Dr. Maas investigated the regulation of gene expression in bacteria, particularly the regulation of arginine biosynthesis in Escherichia coli. In addition, he and his team studied the initiation of plasmid replication, regulation of enterotoxin production and properties of a novel retroelement in E. coli that uses reverse transcriptase to produce molecules. These molecules consisted of single-stranded DNA linked to RNA molecules, which were found to be mutagenic.

Dr. Maas holds a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University and a Doctor of Philosophy from Columbia University, which he obtained in 1943 and 1948, respectively. Throughout his career, he has contributed more than 100 articles to professional journals, such as Bioessays, Genetics, the Journal of Bacteriology and the Journal of Molecular Biology. Most recently, he authored “The Spiral of my Life: From Provincial Germany to Multicultural USA and the New International World of Molecular Genetics, 1921 to 2016” in 2018, an autobiographical account of his life from his childhood in Germany to his groundbreaking research in the United States. It can be found on Amazon.com.

A member of the American Society for Microbiology, the Genetics Society of America, and the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Dr. Maas was a longtime grantee of the U.S. Public Health Service from 1962 to 1994. As a testament to his success, he has been highlighted in the 11th edition of Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, as well as several editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, and Who’s Who in the East.

For more information, please visit:

NYU Faculty Profile

“The Spiral of My Life” Book Link

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