From the earliest days of his childhood, Arnold B. Rabson’s fate as a physician-scientist was sealed.

His parents were pre-eminent pathologists whose studies in virology changed the course of medicine. Alan S. Rabson advanced cancer research while Ruth L. Kirschstein developed a safety test for the polio vaccine and was a vigorous supporter of early work that led to the development of HIV treatments. Both held top roles within the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Their love for their work motivated Rabson to follow their footsteps into a scientific career, but he quickly found his own passion for the family business. In addition to illuminating the mechanisms of HIV and cancer, he has bolstered scientific inquiry at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, where he directs the Child Health Institute of New Jersey and is the Laura Gallagher Chair of Developmental Biology and a professor of pharmacology, pediatrics, and pathology and laboratory medicine. To read the full story.