Professors Flint and Schüpbach become emeritus

Written by
Denise Valenti, Office of Communications, Princeton University
July 2, 2018
Two Professors of Molecular Biology were among the fifteen Princeton University faculty members transferred to emeritus status in recent action by the Board of Trustees: Jane Flint and Gertrud Schüpbach.

Jane Flint

Sarah Jane Flint is a leader in the field of virology. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from University College London, then joined Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York as a postdoctoral researcher, helping to develop the first transcriptional map of the human adenovirus DNA genome. 

She continued to investigate adenoviral gene expression in productively infected and transformed cells as a postdoctoral fellow with Phillip Sharp at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and, beginning in 1977, as an assistant professor of biochemical sciences at Princeton. Flint served as associate chair of the biochemical sciences department and director of the Program in Molecular Biology from 1982 until the Department of Molecular Biology was formed in 1984.

Her publications include “Principles of Virology: Molecular Biology, Pathogenesis and Control,” a classic virology text that is being prepared for its fifth edition. She is a co-author of “Human Adenoviruses: From Villains to Vectors,” which details her research system.

Flint has served on various editorial boards and several National Institutes of Health (NIH) study sections, including chair of biochemistry, and other review panels. She is a member of the Biosafety Working Group of the NIH Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee. Flint was elected to the American Academy of Microbiology in 2000.


Gertrud Schüpbach

Gertrud Schüpbach is world-renowned for her work in developmental biology and genetics. Her lab at Princeton focuses on cell-to-cell communication signaling processes that are involved in pattern formation during development using Drosophila (also known as “fruit flies”) as a model system.

After receiving a Ph.D. from the University of Zurich, Schüpbach performed postdoctoral work there and later at Princeton. She was appointed as a research biologist in Princeton’s Department of Biology in 1985 and was promoted to full professor in 1994.

Schüpbach is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a former investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. She also is an adjunct faculty member of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School at Rutgers University. 

Schüpbach has served as the president of the Genetics Society of America and president of the Drosophila board. She was elected to the European Molecular Biology Association and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.