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Bettie M. Steinberg, Ph.D
Bettie M. Steinberg, PhD
Chair, Department of Molecular Medicine 
Zucker School of Medicine 


Bettie M. Steinberg, PhD, is the chair and professor of Molecular Medicine at the Zucker School of Medicine.

Dr. Steinberg did her PhD research in microbial genetics at Stony Brook University. After a postdoctoral fellowship studying DNA tumor viruses, she joined Columbia University as a research scientist for two years, then joined the department of Otolaryngology at Long Island Jewish Medical Center.

Dr. Steinberg is an expert on the molecular biology and pathophysiology of human papillomaviruses (HPVs) that cause recurrent respiratory papillomas and also oropharyngeal cancers. She has conducted both basic science and translational studies of HPV, and served as PI of three NIH-funded clinical trials of novel treatments for respiratory papillomas. More recently, her research has expanded to study the interactions between tumors and the host immune system, studying both tumors caused by HPVs and osteosarcoma metastasis.

Dr. Steinberg has received numerous awards for her research, including the Elliot Osserman Award from the Israel Cancer Research Fund, the Karl Storz Award from the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology, the Israel Cancer Research Fund Award for Women of Excellence, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Papillomavirus Society and the Leonard Marsh Memorial Scientific Achievement Award from AWSM (Advancing Women in Science and Medicine).

Dr. Steinberg is also professor of Otolaryngology at the Zucker School of Medicine, the Provost for Research at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and the Elmezzi Graduate School of Molecular Medicine of Northwell Health, adjunct Professor of Otorhinolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where she is a member of the Cancer Center and Adjunct Associate Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Stony Brook University. She is a Past President of the International Papillomavirus Society. She has previously served as a member of the Advisory Council for the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders at NIH, a member of the Communication Disorders Review Committee Study Section at NIH, Chair of the Institutional Review Group for the American Cancer Society, a member of the Israel Cancer Research Fund Scientific Review Panel, and a member of the Vaccine Advisory Board for Merck & Company

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