Rene Dubo

Picture of Rene Dubo

Date of Birth: 02/20/1901

Age: 81

Place of birth: Saint-Brice

Citizenship: United States


He graduated from the National Agricultural Institute in Paris (1921). In 1924 he went to the US and enrolled at Rutgers University, where in 1927 received a doctorate in philosophy. From 1927 to the end of life (not counting the period 1942-1944, when he was a professor of tropical medicine at the medical school Garvardskogouniversiteta) worked at the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research (now Rockefeller University) in New York.

At the center of scientific interest Dubos was the question of the influence of soil bacteria to pathogens. In 1939 Dubos isolated from the soil bacterium Bacillus brevis peptide, which he called tyrothricin. This substance has relatively weak antimicrobial activity, but the results obtained Dubos, have played an important role in the discovery of streptomycin and other antibiotics. Since 1946 he has been the chief editor of the "Journal of Experimental Medicine