Erec Stebbins

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Charles Erec Stebbins
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Born (1969-12-05) December 5, 1969 (age 48)
Lincoln, Nebraska, United States
Residence New York City
Nationality American
Citizenship United States
Alma mater Oberlin College
Scientific career
Fields Structural biology, Microbiology
Institutions The Rockefeller University , German Cancer Research Center
Doctoral advisor Nikola Pavletich

Erec Stebbins, Ph.D., (born 1969) is an American biomedical scientist and novelist. Head of Rockefeller University's Laboratory of Structural Microbiology from 2001-2016 and currently Head of Division of Structural Biology of Infection and Immunity at the German Cancer Research Center, he is known for his contributions to the fields of cancer research and infectious disease,[1] studying the structure of disease-related proteins through the technique of X-ray crystallography.[2] He is a published academic writer and has been cited by his peers for his work in cancer research and infectious disease. He is also a novelist and author of science fiction (Daughter of Time Trilogy)[3][4] and thrillers (The Ragnarök Conspiracy, Extraordinary Retribution).[5][6]


Stebbins was born Charles Erec Stebbins on December 5, 1969. He received his B.A. from Oberlin College in 1992 and his Ph.D. from the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences in 1999. His Ph.D thesis was titled Structural Studies of the von Hippel-Lindau Tumor Suppressor and the Oncogene Chaperone Hsp90, completed in the laboratory of Nikola Pavletich. He conducted postdoctoral studies in microbiology in the laboratory of Jorge Galán at Yale University from 1999-2001. In 2001, he was hired as an assistant professor and made the Head of Laboratory of Structural Microbiology at the Rockefeller University. In 2006, he was promoted to Associate Professor. He is currently Head of the Division of Structural Biology of Infection and Immunity at the German Cancer Research Center. His work has been profiled in the lay press at The New York Times.[1]

In 2012, with the Prometheus Books imprint Seventh Street Books, Stebbins published The Ragnarök Conspiracy, a contemporary thriller centered on a plot by terrorists to instigate a global war between Western and Islamic nations. Stebbins has said that his debut novel was inspired by his witnessing the September 11 attacks while he lived in New York City.[5]

Select publications[edit]


  • 2008 EUREKA[7]
  • 2004 ICAAC Young Investigator Award[8]
  • 2003 NYSTAR James Watson Investigator[9]
  • 2000 Molecular Structure Corporation Future Investigator Award[10]
  • 1999 Julian R. Rachele Prize, Weill Graduate School of Medical Sciences of Cornell University

Personal life[edit]

Stebbins is married and has three children. He resides in Heidelberg.


  1. ^ a b Dreifus, Claudia (31 August 2004). "Using X-Ray Vision, He Keeps His Eye on the Bacteria". The New York Times. Retrieved 12 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Geniuses At Work: New York City's Rockefeller University is the Nation's Braintrust". New York Daily News. 5 April 2009. Retrieved 12 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Reader: Daughter of Time: Book I". Publishers Weekly. 26 August 2013. Retrieved 24 December 2015. 
  4. ^ "PW Select June 2014: The Reviews". Publishers Weekly. June 2014. Retrieved 24 December 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Stewart, Michael F. "The Ragnarok Conspiracy by Erec Stebbins". Debut Author. Retrieved 12 October 2012. 
  6. ^ Donovan, Diane (November 2013). "Extraordinary Retribution". Midwest Book Review. Retrieved 22 December 2015. 
  7. ^ "C. Erec Stebbins Awarded Prestigious Eureka Grant". Science News via Rockefeller University. 3 September 2008. Retrieved 12 October 2012. 
  8. ^ "ICAAC Young Investigator Awards". American Society For Microbiology. October 2008. Archived from the original on 7 April 2014. Retrieved 12 October 2012. 
  9. ^ "Stony Brook Researcher Only One of 10 to Receive $200,000 Grant For Biotech Research". Stony Brook University. Retrieved 12 October 2012. 
  10. ^ "2000 Future Investigator Award Winners Announced". International Union of Crystallography. Retrieved 12 October 2012. 

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