COLLEGE OF SCIENCE,
ENGINEERING AND
TECHNOLOGY
Professor
SB 203-D | (713) 313.7990
hillar_mx@tsu.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Education and Training

  • 1945-1952 Elementary School; Summa cum laude
  • 1952-1956 Secondary School (preparatory for the University); Equivalent of B.S. and B.A.; Summa cum laude
  • 1956-1962 University Medical School of Danzig; M.D., Summa cum laude School equivalent to Yale, Princeton, and Harvard Universities
  • 1961 Studies at UniversitA~(c) de Paris (Sorbonne), one month training in the Laboratoire de Biochimie MA~(c)dicale, Hpital Cochin, under Prof. G. Schapira
  • 1962-1963 Internship for Medical License
  • 1962-1966 University Medical School of Danzig, Department of Biochemistry; Ph.D. in Biochemistry; Dissertation: "Uncoupling of Oxidative Phosphorylation by Basic Proteins"; part of it published in Acta Biochim. Polon. 12, 133-141, 1965; 12, 379-385,
  • 1965; Biochim. Biophys. Acta 97,144-146, 1965 and several other papers. Studies of Biochemistry, History of Philosophy, History of Medicine, Languages, and History of French Literature
  • 1964-1965 Additional training in organic chemistry at the University of Danzig; Additional studies of French literature at the Jagiellonian University, Cracow. 1966. Eight-week postgraduate course in the Application of Mathematical Methods in Biological Sciences, organized by the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw.

Awards & Honors

1965 Research Award from the Polish Academy of Sciences
1967 Award from the University Medical School of Danzig
1975 Listed in "American Men and Women of Science"
1980 Award to Italy, supported by N.I.H., Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Roma
1982 Listed in "Who is Who in the Frontiers of Science"
1982 Listed in "Who is Who in the Southwest"
1985 Listed in "Who is Who"
1992 Listed in "Who is Who in Theology and Science"
1993 Listed in "Who is Who in American Education"
2003 Elected consejero de numero to the Instituto de Estudios Sijenenses Miguel Servet (Spain)
2007 The AdA~..le Mellen Award for Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship
2010 Presidential Achievement Medal (Texas Southern University)

MEMBERSHIP IN SCIENTIFIC AND SCHOLARLY SOCIETIES

1971- 1992 Biophysical Society
1971- 1992 The Biochemical Society (London)
1971- American Association for the Advancement of Science
1975- American Humanist Association
1975- Alliance FranA~[Section]aise
1975- The Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America
1978- 2000 Institute on Religion in an Age of Science
1994- Society for the Advancement of the American Philosophy
1994- International Humanist and Ethical Union
1997- American Philosophical Association
1999- American Academy of Religion
1999- Society of Biblical Literature
1999- Southwest Renaissance Studies Conference
2000- Sixteenth Century Studies Society
2001- Society of Humanist Philosophers
2003- Servetus International Society (President 2003 -)
2003- Instituto de Estudios Sijenenses Miguel Servet (Spain)

Research Interests

Research/Scholarly Activities

SYNOPSIS OF THE RESEARCH ACHIEVEMENTS

  1. Designing a new and specific method for the purification of H1 histone;
  2. First isolation, purification and characterization of histone-like protein from mitochondria (associated with mitochondrial DNA);
  3. First studies on the mechanism of action of basic polymers (histones, polylysine, other synthetic polymers and natural basic proteins) on the mitochondrial energetics;
  4. Studies on the elucidation of the chemiosmotic mechanism of cation transport in mitochondria;
  5. Studies on the structure and transcription of mitochondrial "nucleoid"; Studies on glutamate dehydrogenase from several tissues;
  6. Studies on the control of glutamate dehydrogenase activity in intact mitochondria;
  7. Studies on the control of succinate dehydrogenase activity in intact mitochondria;
  8. Studies on the hormonal induction of glutamate dehydrogenase;
  9. Development of a mathematical model for regulation of kinetics of Glutamate Dehydrogenase;
  10. First purification and translation of a specific messenger RNA for glutamate dehydrogenase;
  11. First isolation, purification, characterization, and studies on the biological role of low molecular weight peptides (deprimerones) associated with DNA, nuclear RNA and polysomal poly(A)-mRNA (with G.L. Gianfranceschi and D. Amici).
  12. First demonstration of the control of gene expression at the replicative, transcriptional, and translational level by deprimerones;
  13. First demonstration of the loss of peptide control of gene expression in cancer cells at two levels.
  14. Postulation of a new mechanism of the control of gene expression in cancer by tumor suppressing peptides (deprimerones) and deprimerones theory of carcinogenesis.
  15. First studies on the inhibition of growth, replication, and transcription of tumor cells in culture and in vivo by deprimerones;
  16. First studies on the mechanism of action of Dimethylformamide in biological systems : inhibition of Glutamate Dehydrogenase reaction.

Recent Publications (out of a total of xxx)

Marian Hillar, and Christopher A. Hoffman, translators: Thirty Letters to Calvin & Sixty Signs of the Antichrist by Michael Servetus. Translated from Christianismi restitutio by Christopher A. Hoffman and Marian Hillar (Lewiston, NY; Queenston, Ont., Canada; Lampeter, Wales, UK: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2010). Pp. 175 + lxxxvi.

Juan Naya and Marian Hillar, eds., Michael Servetus, Heartfelt: Proceedings of the International Servetus Congress, Barcelona, 20-21 October, 2006, (Lanham, MD and Plymouth UK: University Press of America, 2011). 430 pp.

Marian Hillar, Robert D. Finch, editors "Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism," Vol. 19 (1) Spring-Summer, pp. 106. American Humanist Association, Washington, DC, 2011.

Marian Hillar, Robert D. Finch, editors "Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism," Vol. 19 (2) Fall-Winter, pp. 116. American Humanist Association, Washington, DC, 2011.

Marian Hillar, Major study: From Logos to Trinity. The Evolution of Religious Beliefs from Pythagoras to Tertullian (Csambridge, UK, New York: Cambridge University Press,
2012).

Funding

During the years 1972 – 1986 I brought about $ 3 million in direct research funds to this Institution from Federal and Private Research Foundations plus a certain percentage in the so-called overhead funds.

1971-1972 Research grant from Faculty Research Fund at Texas Southern University, # 16-851; Title: "Studies on the control of mitochondrial energetics by basic proteins"

1972-1977 Research grant from N.I.H. # RR-SO601-72 Title: "Mechanism of basic protein action on mitochondrial energetics"; Title: "Isolation, kinetics and control of glutamate dehydrogenase.".

1975-1976 Research grant from Faculty Research Fund at Texas Southern University, # 16-909 Title: "Biosynthesis of glutamate dehydrogenase. Isolation and translation of a specific mRNA from rat liver."

1976-1977 Supplement research grant from N.I.H. Title: "Control of glutamate dehydrogenase activity in mitochondria."

1976-1977 Research grant from Faculty Research Fund at Texas Southern University, # 16-926 Title: "Biosynthesis of the specific mRNA for glutamate dehydrogenase in rat liver and cancer cells"

1977-1980 Research grant from N.I.H. # RR-08061 Title: "Induction, synthesis, and isolation of mRNA for glutamate dehydrogenase from rat liver and cancer cells"

1980-1983 Research grant from National Cancer Institute # RR-08061-12 Title: "Gene Expression and its control in normal and tumor cells: A. Isolation and translation of mRNA for glutamate dehydrogenase from normal and cancer cells;B. A new mechanism of the control of gene expression by endogenous low molecular weight peptides (deprimerones) from DNA and polysomal poly(A)-RNA and its loss in carcinogenesis"

1982-1983 Research contract with University Genetics # UGEN 1121 Title: "A new mechanism of the control of gene expression by deprimerones
and its loss in carcinogenesis"

1983-1984 Research grant from N.C.I. # RR-08061-13 Title: "Control of gene expression in normal and tumor cells"

1986-1991 Student training grant MARC, together with other faculty members, from N.I.H.

1992-1996 Student training grant MARC, together with other faculty members, from NIH

1997-2000 Student training grant MARC, together with other faculty members, from NIH

Summer 1993 Applied for a grant to United States Information Agency: Title: "A Seven-Week Summer Institute for English Teacher Trainers From Eastern Europe."

1999 Grant Application submitted to the Kennan Institute for Central and Eastern European Studies.

August 1999 Grant application submitted to Harvard University Houghton Library for Short- Term Visiting fellowship.

August 1999 Grant application submitted to Yale University Beinecke Rare Books and Manuscripts Library for Visiting fellowship.

November 2001 Awarded Scholarship for Participation in a Workshop on Science and Religion: Teaching in a Global Context, organized by the Center for the Theology and the Natural Sciences, Berkeley, CA, January 4-9, 2002.

January 2002 Grant Application for publishing a book, submitted to Texas Southern University, Sponsored Research Programs, Houston.

February 2002 Grant Application submitted to The Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, Funded by Templeton Foundation, Teaching Science and Theology in the XXIst Century.

June 2002 Awarded Participation in a Workshop on Truth in Science, Truth in Religion, organized by Center for Theology and Natural Sciences, Boston Theological Institute and Harvard University Divinity School, Boston, MA, June 29 July 3. 2002.

January 2003 Research Grant from Research Center Texas Southern University Mathematical Model for Glutamate Dehydrogenase Inhibition by Formamide.

June 2004 Implantacin de la Bibliotheca Virtual Miguel Server, (Formation of the CD Library of Works of Michael Servetus) grant proposal submitted to the Government of Aragn, Spain.

October 2003 Travel grant from the Diputacin General de Aragn, Spain; invited speaker and participation in the Congress Commemoration of the 450th anniversary of Death of Michael Servetus, Zaragoza, Spain.

October 2004 Travel grant from the Diputacin General de Aragn, Spain; invited speaker and participation in the Congress Clausura del AA~+-o Servetiano, Zaragoza, Spain.

October 2006 Travel grant from the Diputacin General de Aragn, Spain; invited speaker and participation in the International Servetus Congress, Barcelona, Spain.

July 2007-July 2008 Grant from NASA, Radiation Interuniversity Support Program, with other faculty members.