our bittersweet pleasure to bid farewell this month to Lance Liotta,
The NIH Catalysts founding father.
chief of NCIs Laboratory of Pathology since 1982, is moving across
the Potomac to become Professor of Life Sciences and Co-Director of
the Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine at George Mason
was named NIHs Deputy Director for Intramural Research in July
1992. In this capacity, he launched The NIH Catalystwith
a welcoming message that highlighted our goal: to "Extend the spirit
of the NIH Research Festival throughout the year." Liotta directed
our "Hot Methods" series and has served as Catalyst
editor through this issue.
and encouraging, Liotta is a hands-on mentor. He directed one of NCIs
largest, most active laboratories, training hundreds of the worlds
cancer pathologists and launching dozens of research careers as he urged
young scientists into intriguing veins of investigation.
restless creativity and energy fueled the development of new technologies
that are answering some of the most difficult questions in cancer research.
In the March-April 1997 issue, we noted that Liottas
laser-capture microdissection invention, which he co-patented, was one
"of more than 60 patents, dating to 1973."
Kudos, thanks, and good