The editor earned his B.S. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1979) and his Ph.D. at Stanford University (1986). After receiving postdoctoral training in radiation biology at Columbia University, he obtained his first faculty appointment at the Department of Therapeutic Radiation at Loyola University Medical School. He later was tenured at The Albany Medical College and joined the faculty of the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute. He received research grants from the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute of Environmental and Health Sciences, Department of Defense, March of Dimes, and Leukemia Research Foundation. His research focus is on DNA recombination repair and oncolytic viruses. His current research project focuses on profiling the yeast genome for resistance to heterocyclic aromatic amines.