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Cox and Fresco join emeritus ranks

Courtesy of Princeton University, Office of Communications

Edward Cox and Jaques Fresco were transfered to emeritus status in recent action by the Board of Trustees effective July 1, 2013.

Emeritus Cox

Edward Cox
(Photo courtesy of
Edward Cox)

Edward Cox, the Edwin Grant Conklin Professor of Biology and professor of molecular biology, has made seminal contributions in four major areas of biology: the genetics and population consequences of error rate control during DNA replication in microbial populations, the genesis of large-scale spatial patterns in simple developmental systems, the development of new ways to study single molecules in microfabricated environments, and the analysis of single molecular events in living bacterial cells in real time.

Cox joined the Princeton faculty in 1967, and served in several administrative posts, including as associate dean of the college from 1972 to 1977 and as chair of the Department of Biology from 1977 to 1987. He received his B.Sc. from the University of British Columbia and his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, followed by training as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University.

Emeritus Fresco

Jacques Fresco
(Photo courtesy of the
Department of
Molecular Biology)

Jacques Fresco, the Damon B. Pfeiffer Professor in the Life Sciences and professor of molecular biology, is a pioneer in the biochemistry of nucleic acids, and since his faculty appointment in 1960 he has helped develop the field at Princeton. Fresco's research has spanned several areas of DNA and RNA biochemistry, including tRNA structure and folding, gene repair for sickle cell anemia, mechanisms of spontaneous mutation and developing a rationale for the evolution of the genetic code. His research has been reported in many published papers, meeting abstracts, book chapters and patents.

After Fresco earned his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from New York University, he worked as a fellow at the Sloan-Kettering Institute, as an instructor in biochemistry and pharmacology at NYU School of Medicine, and then as a senior fellow at Harvard and the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, England. First in 1965 and then from 1974 to 1980, he served as chair of Princeton's biochemical sciences department, which later evolved into the Department of Molecular Biology. Fresco has remained active in research and teaching throughout his 53 years at Princeton — he is teaching this spring and just published a paper on his current research, which he intends to continue to pursue during his retirement.

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