Dr. Richard J. Ablin was Professor, Department of Pathology, University of Arizona College of Medicine, Arizona Cancer Center and BIO5 Institute and President, Robert Benjamin Ablin Foundation for Cancer Research, founded in memory of his father, since 1979.
Dr. Ablin received his Ph.D. in Microbiology from SUNY at Buffalo in 1967 and continued his training in immunology as a USPHS Postdoctoral Fellow at the Medical School. In 1970, in collaboration with investigators at the Millard Fillmore Hospital Research Institute in Buffalo, Ablin discovered prostate-specific antigen (PSA), a protein produced by the cells of the prostate gland that is often elevated in the presence of prostate cancer. That groundbreaking discovery, for which he was nominated for the Lasker Award, led to the creation of the PSA test.
Dr. Ablin was a pioneer of cryosurgery and the concept of “cryoimmunotherapy” for the treatment of cancer.
Thank you to the University of Buffalo: Richard J. Ablin, PhD '67, of Tucson, Ariz. - University at Buffalo.