Turning Make Believe Into Reality: The Life and Science of a Black Immunologist
by Howard M. Johnson
Here in is the story of a precocious black kid who turned his upbringing in racist Maryland of the 40’s/50’s into a remarkable journey to become an internationally recognized immunologist. Howard M. Johnson made a life altering decision to deal with his apartheid circumstances; after high school, he and his mother boarded a Greyhound bus in Washington, DC in September of 1954 for The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Johnson thrived in The Ohio State environment, emerging with a Ph.D. in Immunology eight years later. Nancy Elaine Byrd came into Howard’s life at Ohio State and remained there for almost 61 years. Johnson has reached the highest levels of creative immunology, making paradigm shifting discoveries in interferon, superantigen, checkpoint inhibition, and cytokine signal transductions with over 300 scientific papers. These discoveries have played a key role in treatment of autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, as well as providing approaches to treatment of lupus and cancers such as melanoma. Along the way, Johnson has served on the National Advisory Council of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) under NIAID director Tony Fauci with similar duties at the American Heart Association.
Howard has set up an endowment at Ohio State in honor of his late wife Nancy Johnson. The endowment focuses on supporting African-American graduate students in molecular genetics and biophysics.
This product was added to our catalog on Friday 15 April, 2022.