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Samson T. Jacob

Columbus, Ohio, United States

Samson T. Jacob received a research grant from the Damon Runyon Foundation in 1970 after being appointed Assistant Professor at MIT in 1969. The NIH grant was a highly competitive award at the time. For 50 years of his professional life, Dr. Jacob held at least one federal budget. He began working at Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in the Department of Pharmacology as an Associate Professor in 1972. He was given the title of Tenured Professor four years later. Dr. Jacob retired from Penn State after 18 years of service and accepted the chair of the pharmacology and molecular biology department at the Chicago Medical School, which is now a part of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. As the Chair of the Department of Medical Biochemistry, Dr. Jacob joined Ohio State University College of Medicine (now known as Wexner Medical Center), Columbus, Ohio (OSU), in 1996. He was a dedicated professor at OSU who worked there for 20 years in various positions, including co-director of the Experimental Therapeutics Program and the Comprehensive Cancer Center's Intramural Research Program's first director. His efforts led to the first significant program project grant as a Principal Investigator in a primary science department. In addition, they improved the department's NIH ranking by nearly 20 points in just three years.