Alumni Achievement Award: Craig Meyers
Dr. Craig Meyers is the recipient of the 2013 Alumni Achievement Award for the College of Life Sciences
By Natalie Taylor
Dr. Craig Meyers (left) and President Cecil Samuelson (right)
Each year, BYU’s ten colleges and the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies select outstanding graduates to recognize with the Alumni Achievement Award. These alumni, who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and excellence in their professions, also serve as examples of what the university hopes for all of its students—to apply what they have learned in their studies and to lead exemplary lives. This year, the College of Life Sciences has recognized Dr. Craig Meyers.
Dr. Meyers has researched and taught microbiology for over thirty years. He received both his B.S. and M.S. in microbiology from BYU and then went on to the University of California, Los Angeles, where he earned his Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology. Meyers is best known for his work with the human papillomavirus (HPV), a virus known to be one of the major causes of cervical cancer. In 1992, Meyers’s lab became the first to grow HPV in a laboratory setting, and this growth method is still the only one used today.
As a result of his innovations in the laboratory, Meyers has authored or coauthored eighty-nine publications and has been awarded eight patents. He has recently been researching the relationship between HPV and a common virus called adeno-associated virus type 2 (AAV2), and in the last few years, his laboratory has discovered the AAV2’s ability to kill human cancer cells.
In 2012, he was awarded the rank of Distinguished Professor at Pennsylvania State University, where he has been teaching for the past twenty years. Meyers and his wife, Tina, live in Pennsylvania and have four sons. Their son Jordan, another BYU microbiology graduate, is following in his father’s footsteps as he researches HPV and attends Harvard’s virology Ph.D. program.
During homecoming week, Dr. Meyers and the university’s ten other honorees returned to BYU and their respective colleges to present a lecture as part of receiving this award.