John Louis Gerin, PhD

John Gerin

Title: Virologist, Educator
Location: Bethesda, Maryland, United States

John Louis Gerin, Virologist and Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of virology.

Dr. Gerin graduated in 1959 from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Science in biology. He went on to obtain higher education in physiology from the University of Tennessee. In 1961, he graduated with a master’s degree and then a PhD in 1964. Dr. Gerin began his professional career working for Abbott Laboratories Inc. in North Chicago, Illinois. In his studies, he had developed a specialty in instrumentation, which was the primary reason he was hired at the laboratory. In 1965, he began as a research scientist and later became a group leader from 1966 until 1967.  It was after this time that Dr. Gerin transitioned to the Oak Ridge National Laboratories in Tennessee. During his time as the director of molecular anatomy and the infectious diseases program, he developed an interest in virology that would stick with him through the rest of his professional life.

Dr. Gerin was asked by Oak Ridge National Laboratory to be the head of their new activity with the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. He accepted, and it was only by chance that he was there to witness a multitude of breakthroughs in the field of Hepatitis. His interests encouraged him to explore new possibilities for a Hepatitis B vaccine, and after a period of trial and error, Dr. Gerin was able to patent a vaccine.  The highlight of his career was seeing his vaccine produce so much success in its first clinical trial in China that the Chinese government signed on to undertake massive newborn immunizations. Dr. Gerin’s vaccine has gone on to successfully treat Hepatitis B directly, as well as chronic Hepatitis. In 1998, he was presented with the King Faisal Foundation International Prize for Medicine in recognition of his accomplishments.

Alongside his work as a scientist, Dr. Gerin has built up an esteemed reputation as an educator. From 1979 until 2005, he was a professor in the department of microbiology and immunology at the Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. He is currently still teaching there, though he has since been promoted to emeritus professor. The depths of his knowledge have qualified him to be able to contribute to over 350 articles in professional journals throughout his career. Dr. Gerin is additionally a member of the American Association of Immunology, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and the American Society of Microbiology, among several other admirable organizations. As a testament to his success, Dr. Gerin was featured in the 1st edition of Who’s Who in Science and Engineering. He has additionally been awarded the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.

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