R S Root-Bernstein

Professor Emeritus, Department of Physiology
Location: 2174 Biomed Phys Sci
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Bob Root-Bernstein is a Professor of Physiology at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI, USA. He has degrees in Biochemistry and History of Science from Princeton University and was a Post-doctoral Fellow in Theories in Biology at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. A MacArthur Fellowship encouraged his multidisciplinary activities, especially research on scientific creativity and art-science interactions. He has written more than 40 book chapters, 150 peer-reviewed papers, 75 popular essays, and 4 books:  DISCOVERING (1989); RETHINKING AIDS (1993) ; HONEY, MUD, MAGGOTS, AND OTHER MEDICAL MARVELS (1997); and SPARKS OF GENIUS (1999), the latter two with his wife, Michele Root-Bernstein.   He is at work on two more books, one on artists and musicians as scientists and inventors and the other on eminent scientists as visual artists. He is on the editorial board of LEONARDO, an art-science journal, and has exhibited his artwork in a number of group shows of scientist-artists. 

Selected Publications

  • “Sea Water” Supplemented with Calcium Phosphate and Magnesium Sulfate in a Long-Term Miller-Type Experiment Yields Sugars, Nucleic Acids Bases, Nucleosides, Lipids, Amino Acids, and Oligopeptides View Publication
  • Complementary Sets of Autoantibodies Induced by SARS-CoV-2, Adenovirus and Bacterial Antigens Cross-React with Human Blood Protein Antigens in COVID-19 Coagulopathies View Publication
  • Full Terms & Conditions of access and use can be found at https://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?journalCode=hcrj20 Creativity Research Journal ISSN: (Print) (Online) Journal homepage: https://www.tandfonline.com/loi/hcrj20 Polymathy Among Nobel Laureates As a Creative Strategy— The Qualitative and Phenomenological Evidence View Publication
  • Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2021, 22, 2108. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms22042108 www.mdpi.com/journal/ijms Review Innate Receptor Activation Patterns Involving TLR and NLR Synergisms in COVID-19, ALI/ARDS and SEPSIS Cytokine Storms: A Review and Model Making Novel Predictions and Therapeutic Suggestions View Publication
  • Synergistic Activation of Toll-Like and NOD Receptors by Complementary Antigens as Facilitators of Autoimmune Disease: Review, Model and Novel Predictions View Publication
  • T Cell Receptor Sequences Amplified during Severe COVID-19 and Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children Mimic SARS-CoV-2, Its Bacterial Co-Infections and Host Autoantigens View Publication
  • The ribosome as a missing link in the evolution of life View Publication