Rosemary Rochford, PhD

Rosemary Rochford

Professor and Chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology,
Upstate Medical University

Rosemary Rochford PhD, an expert in the field of endemic Burkitt's Lymphoma, was appointed chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Upstate in 2008. She became the university's first female chair of a Foundational Sciences department.

A focus of Rochford's research is the role of the Epstein-Barr Virus in endemic Burkitt's Lymphoma, the most common childhood cancer in sub-Saharan Africa. The National Institutes of Health provides funding for Rochford's clinical research in Kenya, where she has established the Equatorial Africa Children's Cancer Fund (EACH) to help children being treated at the Nyanza Provincial Hospital. In equatorial climates, children are exposed to malaria year round because there is no winter to kill mosquitoes. Rochford is investigating the suspected role of malaria in turning Epstein-Barr Virus-infected cells into cancer cells.

Rochford's lab is developing mechanism-based therapies for the treatment of Burkitt's Lymphoma and other AIDS-associated non-Hodgkin's lymphomas that address the unique needs of resource-poor settings. Rochford has been an invited speaker at numerous international conferences and seminars, has received several grants, honors and awards and has written book chapters. Her scientific journal publication credits include Nature Microbiology, the Journal of Medical Virology and the International Journal of Cancer. Rochford received her PhD in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from the University of California, Irvine in 1989. Her postdoctoral training appointments were at University of California, Irvine and at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California.