Thressa Stadtman in her lab, ca. 1970s
February 12, 1920
|Died||December 11, 2016 96) (aged|
|Spouse(s)||Earl Reece Stadtman|
Thressa Campbell Stadtman (February 12, 1920 – December 11, 2016) was an American biochemist, notable for her discovery of selenocysteine,and her research on selenoproteins and bioenergetics. In addition she made significant advances in amino acid metabolism, enzymes dependent on vitamin B12, and the biochemistry of microbes.
In 1920, she was born in Sterling, New York. In 1940, she graduated from Cornell University, with a B.S. in Microbiology, and in 1942, with a M.S. in Microbiology and Nutrition. In 1949, she graduated from University of California, Berkeley, with a Ph.D. in Microbial Biochemistry. Her thesis was titled "Studies on Methane Fermentations".
She was married to Earl Reece Stadtman whom she met when they were both graduate students at the University of California, Berkeley.They were both hired by what was then the National Heart Institute in 1950 becoming the first husband-and-wife team at the National Institutes of Health. They both oversaw their own biochemistry labs and collaborated closely. In 2005, they were both honored by the NIH with an exhibit titled "The Stadtman Way: A Tale of Two Biochemists at NIH."
Over a 60-year period, starting in 1943, she published 212 peer-reviewed papers.
Stadtman was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 1981.
Stadtman died in December 2016 at the age of 96.
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