The School of Medicine announces with great sadness that Jorge Crosa, PhD, a Professor of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, died May 19 of a heart attack. He is survived by his wife, Lidia and children, Giselle, Paul and Nicholas.
Dr. Crosa graduated from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, with M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemistry. He completed postdoctoral work in Bacterial Genetics and Biochemistry with Stanley Falkow and Don Brenner. He joined the OHSU faculty in 1981.
His research interests were on DNA replication and on the mechanisms of iron transport and virulence of pathogenic vibrios. His work resulted in more than 145 publications.
He was the recipient of numerous awards, including the OHSU Donald B. Slocum award, the Germany Humboldt Foundation Prize, and the International Igor Stojiljkovic Memorial Award.
He trained numerous undergraduate students, Ph.D. students, Postdocs, and Senior Scientists. Dr. Crosa impacted the next generation of scientists in a substantial way. His lab was always thriving with trainees.
He was an Editor of FEMS Letters and Biometals, and was on the editorial board of Journal of Bacteriology and Infection and Immunity. He was a member of the NIH Study Sections on Microbial Physiology and Genetics and on Bacterial Pathogenesis.
Dr. Crosa was an elected fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, President-elect of the International Biometals Society and a member of the American Society for Microbiology and the American Chemical Society.
Amemorial service took place in the Riverview Abbey chapel on May 23
The Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, the OHSU School of Medicine and the greater scientific community are deeply saddened by his death.
An OHSU memorial will be held for Dr. Crosa in the upcoming months. A date will be set shortly.