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Obituary: Michael L. Greenberg

Michael L. Greenberg, 58, of Chapel Hill, NC died unexpectedly of a heart attack on April 10. He was a prominent research scientist who helped develop life-saving drugs. He is survived by his beloved wife, Robin; his adored daughter, Rachel; his sister, Sharon (Margolin); his brother, Richard; his aunt and uncle, and many beloved in-laws, nephews, a niece, cousins and friends. Michael was born in Brooklyn and was raised in Roslyn. He graduated from Roslyn High School in 1972, where he was a member of the varsity basketball team. He had a special passion for the Duke Blue Devils basketball team and the Boston Red Sox.

 

Dr. Greenberg enjoyed an illustrious career as a scientist, a mentor and through his participation in discoveries that led to life saving drugs. After two years at Northwestern University, he received his B.Sc. degree in Biochemistry from the SUNY at Stony Brook (1979) and a Ph.D. in Pharmacological Sciences (1984). Dr. Greenberg continued his postdoctoral training with Dr. Michael Hershfield at Duke University where he participated in the discovery and development of the first enzyme replacement therapy for children with Severe Combined Immunodeficiency. He subsequently became interested in the HIV field where he participated in the discovery of one of the most widely prescribed HIV drugs, as well as in the discovery of a novel HIV drug that for the first time was able to block the entry of HIV into an immune cell (Fuzeon).

 

In 2001, he joined the development team for drugs at Trimeris Inc. where he was Vice President for Research and Development. In 2008, Dr. Greenberg joined b3bio inc., a start-up biotechnology company dedicated to developing breakthrough technologies from academia, principally in the Research Triangle Park. Throughout his career, Dr. Greenberg was recognized as a brilliant and creative scientist, a thought leader, and an outstanding mentor and was much admired and respected by all who worked with him. 

 

Michael was a devoted husband and proud father. He was also a connoisseur of fine wine, food and music, and loved to fish and of course play and watch basketball. He will be remembered for the passion and energy he brought to both his personal and professional life. 

 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: http://www.amfar.org/ The Foundation for AIDS Research and http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/ American Heart Association.