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Renato Baserga

In Memoriam: Renato Baserga

(04/11/1925 - 03/05/2023)Member since 1954
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Renato Baserga, MD, a cell biologist and longtime member of the AACR, died March 5, 2023, at the age of 97.

Baserga was born April 11, 1925, in Meda, Italy. He earned his medical degree from the University of Milan in 1949.

After completing a residency at the University of Milan, he moved to the United States, where he had a lengthy career as a professor of pathology and microbiology. He held positions at Chicago Medical School, St. Luke’s Hospital, the Argonne National Laboratory, and Northwestern University, all in Illinois, followed by more than two decades at Temple University in Philadelphia as a professor and department chair of pathology and a senior investigator at the Fels Research Institute.

Most recently, he was a professor of microbiology at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. He also served as a deputy director of the Kimmel Cancer Center.

Baserga’s research centered on molecular and cell biology, with a focus on insulin growth factor 1 (IGF-1) and its receptor. Over the course of his career, he is credited with more than 500 publications as well as many books and book chapters. He was a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (previously known as the American Society of Biological Chemists). Baserga became a member of the AACR in 1954. He served as an associate editor of Cancer Research from 1990 to 2000. In 2004, he was recognized as a 50-year AACR member.

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