Richard Alan Finkelstein, Ph.D.

Title: Professor Emeritus
Company: University of Missouri
Location: Columbia, Missouri, United States

Richard Alan Finkelstein, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus at the University of Missouri, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in microbiology and higher education.

Drawing upon 50 years of practiced industry experience, Dr. Finkelstein is a professor emeritus at the University of Missouri, a title he has held since 2000. Prior to his retirement, he served as a Millsap distinguished professor and Curators’ professor between 1985 and 1990, and a professor and chairman of the department of microbiology from 1979 to 1993. Previously, he held multiple roles with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, including professor, associate professor, fellow and instructor between 1955 and 1979. During this time, he also acted as a deputy chief and chief in the department of bacteriology and mycology with the U.S. Army Medical Component of the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization Medical Research Laboratory in Bangkok, Thailand, as well as the chief of the bioassay section of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington, DC. He commenced his career as a teaching fellow and research scientist at the University of Texas at Austin from 1950 to 1955.

Since 1970, Dr. Finkelstein has served as a consultant for numerous corporations, including the World Health Organization, ICN Biomedicals, Wyeth-Ayerst and Molecular Pharmaceutics. A former visiting associate professor at the University of Medical Sciences in Bangkok, he also served as a Ciba-Geigy lecturer at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, a visiting scientist at the Japanese Science Council, and a visiting lecturer at the National Science Council in Taipei, Taiwan. Additionally, he acted as a visiting professor at the University of Chicago, and he served the National Institutes of Health and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases as a member of the microbiology and infectious diseases research committee.

Dr. Finkelstein has contributed 240 articles to professional journals regarding matters of cholera, enterotoxins, gonorrhea and the role of iron in host-parasite interactions. Most renowned for conducting the first purification of cholera enterotoxin, he also conducted the first purification of heat-labile enterotoxin from Escherichia coli and holds a patent for living attenuated candidate cholera vaccine. Likewise, he discovered the coli toxin that causes diarrhea and is currently working on the role of iron in host-parasite interactions and bacterial metabolism.

The former vice president, president and fellow of the American Society for Microbiology, Dr. Finkelstein maintained affiliation with the American Association of Immunologists, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the Society for General Microbiology, the Pathological Society of Great Britain and Ireland and Sigma Xi. He notably holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Oklahoma, and a Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin.

In recognition of his exceptional undertakings, Dr. Finkelstein has accrued several accolades. The recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the American Society for Microbiology, he also received numerous prizes from the University of Missouri, including the Sigma Xi Research Award and the Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Faculty Research in the Biological Sciences. Notably, he was nominated for a Nobel Prize and was the recipient of the Robert Koch Prize by the Federal Republic of Germany in 1976.

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