Mark Smulson, professor of biochemistry at the Georgetown University School of Medicine died of a blood infection Sept. 4 at Georgetown University Hospital. He was 75 years old.

According to the Washington Post, Smulson, a research scientist, had been a member of the university since 1967. In addition to lecturing, he acted as a thesis advisor while training medical students, doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows.

He focused his research on the biochemical processes that allow normal cell growth and how these processes can result in cancer. He received the first Georgetown dean’s prize for his work in 1988.

Smulson was survived by his wife, Gudrun Jensen Sulson, his sons Kristoffer Smulson and ErikSmulson – the university’s vice president of public affairs – and four grandchildren.

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