Thressa Stadtman

Thressa Stadtman


Thressa Stadtman (seated, mid), with Richard Hendler (standing, left), Christian Anfinsen (right), Juanita Cook (seated, left), and Barbara Wright (right)
Born Thressa Campbell
(1920-02-12) February 12, 1920[1]
Sterling, New York
  • biochemistry
Alma mater
Known for
Spouse Earl Reece Stadtman

Thressa Campbell Stadtman (born February 12, 1920) is an American biochemist, notable for her discovery of selenocysteine,[2] and her research on selenoproteins and bioenergetics. In addition she made significant advances in amino acid metabolism, enzymes dependent on vitamin B12, and the biochemistry of microbes.[3]


In 1920, she was born in Sterling, New York. In 1940, she graduated from Cornell University, with a B.S. in Microbiology, and in 1942, with a M.S. in Microbiology and Nutrition. In 1949, she graduated from University of California, Berkeley, with a Ph.D. in Microbial Biochemistry. Her Thesis was " Studies on Methane Fermentations".

She was the wife of Earl Reece Stadtman whom she met when they were both graduate students at the University of California, Berkeley.[4] The both were hired by what was then the National Heart Institute in 1950 becoming the first husband-and-wife team at the National Institutes of Health.[4] They both oversaw their own biochemistry labs and collaborated closely. In 2005, they were both honored by the NIH with an exhibit titled "The Stadtman Way: A Tale of Two Biochemists at NIH." [5]

Over a 60-year period, starting in 1943, she published 212, peer-reviewed papers.[6]

Stadtman was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 1981.[7]


  1. "Curriculum Vitae- Thressa Campbell Stadtman" (PDF). Retrieved 14 September 2015.
  2. Stadtman, Thressa C. (March 8, 1974). "Selenium Biochemistry" (PDF). Science. American Association for the Advancement of Science. 183 (4128): 916–922. doi:10.1126/science.183.4128.915. PMID 4605100. Retrieved 16 November 2014.
  3. Bowman, John (1995). The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography (first ed.). Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0521402583.
  4. 1 2 Yvonne Shinhoster Lamb (January 13, 2008). "Earl R. Stadtman, 88; Revered Biochemist, Mentor at NIH". Washington Post.
  5. The Stadtman Way:A Tale of two biochemists at NIH
  7. Rossiter, Margaret W. (2012). Women Scientists in America: Forging a New World Since 1972. Women Scientists in America. 3. Johns Hopkins University Press (published February 21, 2012). p. 257. ISBN 978-1421403632.
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