Mark Roth (scientist)

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Mark Roth
Born1957 (age 60–61)
Alma materUniversity of Oregon;
University of Colorado at Boulder
Spouse(s)Laurie Roth
AwardsMacArthur Fellows Program
Scientific career
InstitutionsFred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Mark Roth (born 1957) is an American biochemist, and director of the Roth Lab at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.[1] He is a professor at the University of Washington.[2][3]


He graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Science in 1979, and from the University of Colorado with a Doctor of Philosophy in 1984. He studies hibernation and suspended animation. This technology is not likely to be used for long term suspension of people or other mammals any time soon.[4][5][6][7]

Roth spoke at the 2010 TED conference in February on using hydrogen sulfide to achieve suspended animation in humans as a means of increasing the success rate of cardiac surgery.[8][9] The clinical trials commissioned by the company he founded, Ikaria, were however withdrawn or terminated by August 2011.[10][11]

He is married to Laurie; they had two daughters and a son.[12]



  1. ^ "Roth Lab".
  2. ^ "COS Expertise - A Knowledge Management System".
  3. ^ Administrator. "Columns Magazine - The University of Washington Alumni Magazine".
  4. ^ "Mark Roth, Spontaneous Combustion and Hibernation - Dear Science".
  5. ^ Paulson, Tom (2005-04-21). "Fred Hutch scientists induce hibernation in mice". Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
  6. ^ Stein, Rob (2005-04-22). "State of Hibernation Is Induced in Mice". The Washington Post.
  7. ^ "Welcome to NWS&T Magazine Online, "Ikaria Seeks To Unlock Secrets Of Suspended Animation For Medical Benefit"".
  8. ^ "TED Talk: Mark Roth Says Suspended Animation Could Soon Be a Reality". 2010-03-19.
  9. ^ "Mark Roth: Suspended animation is within our grasp".
  10. ^ "IK-1001 (Sodium Sulfide (Na2S) for Injection) in Subjects With Acute ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction". 2010-11-04. This study has been withdrawn prior to enrollment. ( Company decision. Non-safety related )
  11. ^ "Reduction of Ischemia-Reperfusion Mediated Cardiac Injury in Subjects Undergoing Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery". 2011-08-03. This study has been terminated. ( Study Terminated - Company decision )
  12. ^ Tom Junod (2 December 2008). "Mark Roth's Proof of Reincarnation - Scientist Bringing Back the Dead". Esquire.
  13. ^{901B69E7-3C10-41E9-AEE1-D7C6B61A2C1B}&notoc=1 Archived 2012-03-15 at the Wayback Machine.
  14. ^ "News Releases". Fred Hutch.

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