Craig E. Cameron is the holder of the Eberly Family Chair in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at The Pennsylvania State University. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Howard University in 1987. Following doctoral studies in biochemistry at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and post-doctoral studies in the chemistry department at Penn State, Cameron joined the faculty of biochemistry and molecular biology at Penn State in 1997.
He was tenured, promoted to the rank of associate professor and appointed Louis Martarano Associate Professor in 2002. In 2005, he was promoted to the rank of professor and named the Paul Berg Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. From 2011-2012, Cameron served a two-year term as Associate Head for Research and Graduate Education. Cameron’s research focuses on RNA polymerases and RNA-binding proteins required for viral replication or mitochondrial function. The goal of this work is development of novel strategies to treat and/or prevent viral infections and mitochondrial dysfunction.
He has published on the order of 100 papers in highly regarded journals. During his career, Dr. Cameron has received several honors, including the Howard Temin Award from the National Cancer Institute and an Established Investigator Award from the American Heart Association. He is currently a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases and a member of the public affairs advisory committee for the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He has served on the executive councils of the American Society for Microbiology and American Society for Virology, in an ex officio capacity of the executive council of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and as chair of the Minority Affairs Committee of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Cameron currently serves on the editorial boards for Journal of Biological Chemistry, Journal of Virology and ASBMB Today.
CV (last updated January 2018)