Professor, Chair of Molecular Medicine
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Dr. Bettie Steinberg is Professor and Chair of Molecular Medicine and Professor of Otolaryngology at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. She is a scientist whose career path is driven by her goal to make the lives of others better. She did her undergraduate work at the University of California, Riverside. She received her Ph.D. in Microbiology from the State University of New York, Stony Brook in 1976, working on bacterial viruses. She then did a postdoctoral fellowship at SUNY Stony Brook, studying tumor viruses. After two years at Columbia University as a Senior Research Associate, she joined the Department of Otolaryngology at Long Island Jewish Medical where she began her studies of human papillomaviruses and their role in diseases of the head and neck, including recurrent respiratory papillomatosis. Her current research focuses on the altered regulation of cell growth and cell survival in respiratory papilloma cells, the mechanism of activation of latent papillomaviruses, and the role of the immune system in regulating HPV-induced diseases. A major current study is a clinical trial of Celebrex to treat respiratory papillomas, building on the laboratory research that has been conducted over the past five years, which she calls the highlight of her career. Her studies have been supported continuously by grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) since 1983. She is the author or co-author of 91 peer-reviewed publications and 25 book chapters. Her research has been recognized by a number of awards, including the Robert K. Match Distinguished Scientist Award, the Long Island Achiever in Science from the Long Island Center for Business and Professional Women, the Elliot Osserman Award from the Israel Cancer Research Fund, the Karl Storz Award from the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology, the Lorinda de Roulet Award for Excellence in Research, and the Israel Cancer Research Fund Award for Women of Excellence. Most recently, she was elected President of the International Papillomavirus Society. Dr. Steinberg is also Chief Scientific Officer at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, Professor and Dean of the Elmezzi Graduate School of Molecular Medicine and Research Integrity Officer for the North Shore-LIJ Health System.