Title: Retired Doctor of Natural Philosophy, Biomedical Scientist, Educator
Company: Fox Chase Cancer Center
Location: Eustis, Florida, United States
Alfred Zweidler, Retired Biomedical Scientist and Educator at Fox Chase Cancer Center, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in cancer research.
A native of Dübendorf, Switzerland, Dr. Zweidler began his career as an apprentice for the Notary, Land Registry, and Bankruptcy Office in Zurich, Switzerland, from 1952 to 1955, further progressing to a notary assistant for the Notary, Land Registry, and Bankruptcy Office in Oerlikon-Zurich, between 1956 and 1959. He went on to serve as a biology and chemistry teacher at Kantonsschule Schaffhausen for two years, before accepting the position of a teaching assistant for the department of botany at the University of Zurich, between 1962 and 1964. Dr. Zweidler also became a business diplomate with the Kaufmännischer Verband in Zürich, Switzerland, and a mathematics diplomate through the Institute Juventus in Zurich.
Furthermore, Dr. Zweidler pursued a formal education at the University of Zurich, where he completed a research fellowship with the Department of Pathology, between 1964 and 1966. Soon thereafter, he worked as a research associate for experimental cancer research with the University Hospital of Zurich, while earning a Doctor of Philosophy from the aforementioned institution in 1966. Upon his relocation to the United States, he joined the Institute for Cancer Research in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as a visiting scientist for a year. Consequently, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the Cell Research Institute of the University of Texas, Austin, between 1966 and 1969. Dr. Zweidler was associated with the University of Texas at Austin as a senior research associate between 1970 to 1971, later returning to the Institute of Cancer Research in Philadelphia as an assistant member for 4 years.
Moreover, he worked with the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia as a member from 1976 until his retirement in 1997. During this time, he also contributed as an adjunct associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School in Philadelphia. With a number of scientific achievements to his credit, Dr. Zweidler’s accomplishments include discovering new methods for isolating enzymatically active chromatin, elucidating the role of histones in the long-term regulation of genes by structural modification of the access to embryonic growth genes in adult tissues, and developing patents for the process for semiautomatic separation of organs from fly larvae, among other feats.
Philosophically, Dr. Zweidler considered the fight against cancer as his primary motivation. He joined The Institute for Cancer Research, where among 20 scientists, he worked alongside two Nobel prize winners: Dr. Barry Blumberg and Dr. Ernie Rose. For the successes he achieved throughout his career, Dr. Zweidler has been the recipient of a grant from the National Cancer Institute, a Welch Foundation Fellowship from the University of Texas, and the Outstanding Student Research Award from the University of Zurich.
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