Thomas Merigan, M.
Thomas Merigan obtained
his Bachelors Degree at the University of California in Berkeley and graduated
from medical school at UC San Francisco in 1958. His internship and residency
were on Harvard Medical Services at Boston City Hospital. Dr. Merigan continued
his career at the National Institutes of Health studying protein chemistry and
bacteriophage genetics. He became an Assistant Professor of Medicine at
Stanford University in 1963, subsequently heading the Division of Infectious
Disease and founding the Diagnostic Virology Laboratory at Stanford. After
becoming the first faculty member to hold the Becker Chair in Medicine in 1980,
he established an AIDS research unit. Eighteen years ago, Dr. Merigan became
principal investigator of the NIAID AIDS Clinical Trials Unit, and founded the
Center for AIDS Research at Stanford in 1988.
He has worked on
various diseases including the common cold, hepatitis, herpes viruses, warts,
rabies, lymphoma, various other cancers and multiple sclerosis. His initial
discoveries with crude leukocyte derived interferon were extended to medical
practice. He has edited over twenty books, published over 560 papers and holds
twelve patents. These contributions have made Dr. Merigan one of 200 most cited
scientists in clinical medicine over the last 20 years. He was elected to the
Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 1980.