Howard Reisner was born in Brooklyn New York and raised in new York City but over forty years of residence in North Carolina allows him to claim near native status. He is a 1967 graduate of City University of New York and earned his Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University in 1971 in Biology specializing in Immunology and Human Genetics. He has been at The University of North Carolina ever since, starting as a Post-Doctoral Fellow (in Medicine) and, after moving to the Department of Pathology and Clinical Laboratory Medicine, working his way toward his current appointment as Professor.
Dr. Reisner trained in the area of Hemostasis (and particularly in the immunogenetics of F.VIII and F.IX defects in which are expressed as hemophilia a and hemophilia b respectively). His initial work occurred during a sojourn in Paris where he kept his wife company during her tenure as an invited scientist in the laboratory of the late Dr. John Dausset (a subsequent Nobel Prize recipient). This was a fortunate happenstance as Dr. Reisner was able to fill a position in the hemostasis group in Pathology on his return.
Dr. Reisner’s research involves the use of immunotechnology both in hemostasis and drug discovery (working with diamidine-like anti-parasitic agents under development). He currently teaches General Pathology at multiple venues at UNC including the Medical and Dental Schools and also in the Undergraduate school. He lives in Durham (being salt of the earth), likes cats, cooking and has been known to read an occasional fantasy novel when not working on textbook chapters.