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Robert James Hay

Scientific organization executive , cell biologist

Robert James Hay, Canadian, American scientific organization executive, cell biologist. Achievements include research on germ plasm isolation, characterization, banking and distribution;; model cell culture systems for studies of senescence, differentiation and physiology; cancer biology; gerontology.


Hay, Robert James was born on January 23, 1938 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Came to the United States, 1964. Naturalized, 1970. Son of Arthur Wesley and Mary Irene (Stewart) Hay.


Bachelor of Science in Microbiology with honours, University Manitoba, Winnipeg, 1960. Master of Science in Virology, University Manitoba, Winnipeg, 1961. Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry, University Glasgow, Scotland, 1964.


Technician Virus Laboratory, Winnipeg General Hospital, 1958-1959. Instructor department bacteriology and immunology University Manitoba Medical College, 1960-1961. Instructor biochemistry University Glasgow, 1961-1964.

Research biochemist Aging Research Laboratory, Veterans Administration Hospital, Baltimore, 1964-1967. Assistant investigator department embryology Carnegie Institute Washington, 1967-1970, visiting investigator, 1971. Assistant professor biological science Wright State University, Fairborn, Ohio, 1970-1972, associate professor, 1972-1975, associate professor microbiology, 1975.

Research associate American Type Culture Collection, Rockville, Maryland, 1975-1976, head cell culture department, since 1976, acting associate director for science, acting head virology department, 1989-1990, acting head protistology department, 1989-1990. Research grant and contract reviewer National Cancer Institute, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institute Aging, National Science Foundation. Ad hoc member cell physiology study section National Institutes of Health.

Adjunct professor biology American University, Washington, since 1985. Consultant lecturer WESCO Cryosource, Boston, 1991, Corning (New York ) Laboratory Sciences Company, 1984-1987, VWR Science Company, 1984-1987. Consultant Armour Pharmaceutical Company, 1981, YouthCell Technologies, Inc., since 1991.


  • Achievements include research on germ plasm isolation, characterization, banking and distribution. Model cell culture systems for studies of senescence, differentiation and physiology. Cancer biology; gerontology.


  • Editor: Atlas of Human Tumor Cell Lines, 1994. Editor-in-chief Journal Tissue Culture Methods, 1987-1994. Member editorial board or ad hoc reviewer In Vitro, Journal Tissue Culture Methods, Mechanisms of Aging and Development, Science, American Society for Testing and Materials.

    Contributor over 100 articles to Advanced Gerontological Researcher, Journal Cell Biology, Experimental Gerontology, Journal Ultrastructure Research, Science, In Vito, Journal Cell Science, also others, chapters to books.


Member American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Tissue Culture Association (vice president local branch 1980-1982, national vice president 1984-1986), American Society for Cell Biology, Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine, American Association Tissue Banks, Gerontological Society of America, Society for In-Vitro Biology (president 1996-1998).


Married Ann Augusta Belyea, August 15, 1959. Children: Kathryn, M. Colette.

Arthur Wesley Hay

Mary Irene (Stewart) Hay

Ann Augusta Belyea

Kathryn Hay

M. Colette Hay