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October 14, 2003

Sophia Ran, Ph.D., Sophia Ran portrait has joined the faculty at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine as an assistant professor of medical microbiology and immunology. She also is a member of the new research team at the SIU Cancer Institute, and will continue her research, studying tumors and how they metastasize. [Note: She has since been promoted to associate professor.]

Previously, she was a research assistant professor of pharmacology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas (1995-98, 1999-2003) and a senior research scientist in protein chemistry at American Cyanamid Company in Pearl River, N.Y. (1992-95). She also was a research scientist at the Maine Medical Center Research Institute in South Portland, Maine (1998-99).

Ran completed postdoctoral fellowships in cellular physiology at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto (1992) and in protein purification and transport at the University of Alabama in Birmingham (1991).

She earned her doctoral degree at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel (1989), her master's at Ben Gurion University in Beer Sheva, Israel (1983), and her bachelor's at Tel Aviv University in Israel (1981).

Ran is a member of the American Association for Cancer Research and the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis. She holds two patents in cancer treatment and has four others pending. She has received several national grants and has published more than 62 original articles and abstracts.