Thressa Stadtman, American biochemist, Died at 96


Thressa Campbell Stadtman was born on February 12, 1920, in Sterling, New York and died on December 11, 2016.

She was an American biochemist.

She was notable for her discovery of selenocysteine, and her research on selenoproteins and bioenergetics.

Also to that, she made significant advances in amino acid metabolism, enzymes dependent on vitamin B12, and the biochemistry of microbes.

During 1940, Stadtman graduated from Cornell University, with a B.S. in Microbiology, and in 1942, with a M.S. in Microbiology and Nutrition.

In 1949, Stadtman graduated from University of California, Berkeley, with a Ph.D. in Microbial Biochemistry.

Stadtman’s thesis was titled “Studies on Methane Fermentations”.

Stadtman was the wife of Earl Reece Stadtman whom she met when they were both graduate students at the University of California, Berkeley.

The pair was hired by what was then the National Heart Institute in 1950 becoming the first husband-and-wife team at the National Institutes of Health.

Thressa Stadtman passed away at 96 years olds.