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Dr. Rosemary Rochford, Microbiology and Immunology is this month's Upstate 'Face'

April 2008—

Dr. Rosemary Rochford began her career in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology in 2003. In February 2008, Dr. Rochford became the first female Basic Sciences Chair at Upstate. As the Professor and Chair of Microbiology and Immunology, Dr. Rochford is responsible for setting and implementing the vision for the department. Through Dr. Rochford's vision, she hopes to increase extramural funding, expand faculty to add depth in host immune respond to pathogens, viral oncology and stem cell biology, increase interdisciplinary research, strengthen ties with clinical faculty, increase visibility of Department, and raise educational expectations.

As a scientist, Dr. Rochford's research focuses on the most common childhood cancer in Africa, Burkitt's lymphoma. Dr. Rochford has dedicated her research to developing better treatments for children suffering from Burkitt's lymphoma and other cancers living in Africa. Through the Equatorial Africa Children's (EACH) Cancer Fund, she works to help raise the quality of care for children with cancer. When asked what she likes most about her job, Dr. Rochford replied, "traveling and seeing different cultures, and interacting with scientists. I also enjoy working with my colleagues at Upstate, being able to ask the question 'why', and work on finding the answer for 'why'."

Outside of work Dr. Rochford enjoys traveling, cooking, and has recently taken up kayaking. In May, Dr. Rochford and her husband, Tom, will be traveling to Spain to visit Tom's daughter, Emma, and will then proceed to Italy. When asked what Dr. Rochford would like people to know about her, she replied, "I am an optimist and like to think about what is possible rather than what is not possible."

Dr. Rochford, our thanks to you and the Department of Microbiology & Immunology for the important contributions you make each day to our research and education mission. Your passion for researching advanced treatments for the children in Africa who are suffering from Burkitt's lymphoma is admirable. We wish you the very best in your new role as the Professor and Chair of Microbiology and Immunology.