Houston Science Center
3201 Cullen Boulevard
Houston, Texas 77204-5934
GEORGE E. FOX
Department of Biology and Biochemstry
University of Houston
Place of Birth: 12/17/45, Syracuse,
Marital Status: Married, Two children
Telephone: Office - 713/743-8363, Home - 281/931-4000
Ph.D. -1974 Syracuse University;
B.S. - 1967 Syracuse University;
1986- U. Houston, Professor of Biology and
1987- U. Houston, Adjunct Professor of Chemical Engineering
1994-.Member, WM Keck Ctr. Computational
1988- 2001 U. Houston, Director, Institute for
1998-.2000 U. Houston, Vice-Chair, Biology & Biochemistry
1993-1994 U. Houston, Interim Chair, Dept. Biochemical & Biophysical
1982-1986 U. Houston, Assoc. Professor of Biochemical & Biophysical
1977-1982 U. Houston, Assistant Professor of Biochemical & Biophysical
1973-1977 U. Illinois, Dept. Genetics & Development, Research
Associate(with Carl R. Woese)
CURRENT MAJOR RESEARCH SUPPORT
Investigator: NASA-Exobiology Grant, "The Origins of Translation and Early
Principal Investigator: NASA-OBPR Grant “Microorganisms in the
Spacecraft Environment,” 5/15/04-5/14/08.
Principal Investigator: Robert AS. Welch Foundation Grant-“RNA
Structure Studies,” 6/1/03-5/31/06..
RECENT INVITED LECTURERS
Invited Speaker, “Progress Towards Monitoring Microbes in
the Space Environment”,
Bioastronautics Investigator Workshop, Galveston, TX,
January 17-19, 2001.
Invited Speaker- “Cyanobacteria: Then and Now”,
Earth System Processes at Edinburgh
International Conference Centre, Edinburgh, Scotland,
June 24, 28, 2001.
Invited Speaker- “Artificial Stable RNA”, Jet
Propulsion Lab., Pasadena,
CA, August 21, 2001.
Guest Lecturer-Biomathematics Seminar Series, “Comparison
of Cyanobacterial Genomes”, Rice
Texas, November 9, 2001.
Invited Seminar Speaker-
“Artifical Stable RNA and Microbial
Monitoring” St Thomas
University, Houston, TX.,
November 15, 2001.
“Genomic Insights to Cyanobacterial Evolution”, 10th ISSOL
Intn., Conf. On Origin Life,
June 20 – July 5, 2002.
Invited Speaker-“The Origins of the Protein Synthesis Machinery: A Genomics and Structrual
Perspective”, Instruments, Methods and Missions
for Astrobiology V, Waikoloa,
August 22-28, 2002.
Invited Speaker, “Designing 16S rRNA Targeted Signature
Probes for Microorganism
Detection”, Environmental Sentinels 2002, Houston, Tx.,
September 17-18, 2002.
Invited Speaker- “Microorganisms in the Spacecraft
Environment”, Bioastronautics Investigator
Invited Speaker, “Signature Probes and the Design of
Phylogenetic Arrays”, Cambridge Healthtech
Workshop, Galveston, TX,
January 13-15, 2003.
11th Annual Nucleic Acid-Based Technologie Meeting, Baltimore, Md.
June 3-4, 2003.
Invited Speaker, “The Evolutionary History of the
Translation Machinery”, 7th Triennial Exobiology PI Symposium,
NASA Ames Res. Center, August 25-29, 2003.
Invited Speaker, “The Origins of the Translation
Machinery”,� Rice University
Astrobiology Seminar Series; February 19, 2004.
Society for Microbiology
American Chemical Society
American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
American Association for the Advancement of Science
The Planetary Society; Sigma Xi; Theta Tau
International Society of Molecular Evolution
Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution
RECENT : PROFESSIONAL
Member-TX South. Univ.
Member-USRA Division of Space Life Sciences Advisory Council,
Participant-Planetary Protection Microbial Detection and
Characterization Worshop; 2004
Reviewer- Idaho Research Grant
Member-USCF/J. Roger Porter Award Nominating Committee,
NCI Program Project Grant Site Visit Reviewer, 2002
Participant; Workshop 4;- Mars Sample Handling Protocol Workshop
Participant; Space Hardware Microbial Contamination Workshop;
UH Representative at Universities Space Research Association
Annual Meeting of the
Council of Institutions, 2001.
President/President-Elect; University Houston Chapter of Sigma Xi, 1998-2000
Associate Editor, Journal of Molecular Evolution, 1987-2000
Member, Editorial Board Endocytobiosis
and Cell Research, 1987-present
Gordon Conference on Origin of Life; Attendee- 1995, 2000
Peer Review for Journals,
Tenure Decisions, & Proposals
Elected Fellow, American Institute of Medical
and Biological Engineering, 2002
of Microbiology, 1994
Elected Fellow- American Association Advancement of Science, 1995
Greenwood Award - City of Houston, 1993
Listed in Various Biographical Compendiums; e.g. Who’s Who in America;
American Men & Women of Science; and others.