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Baker Institute |  Faculty

George Lust, PhD
Professor of Physiological Chemistry


Institution Degree Years Field of Study
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA B.S. 1960 Chemistry
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY Ph.D. 1964 Biochemistry

Research and Professional Experience

1964-1966 Biochemical Laboratory Officer, Captain, Army Medical Service Corps, U.S. Army Medical Unit, Fort Detrick, Frederick, MD.
1966-1967 NIH (USPHS) Postdoctoral Fellow in Biochemistry with Professor F. Lynen, University of Munich and Max Planck Institut f¸r Zellchemie, Munich, Germany.
1967-1968 Biochemist (GS-13), U.S. Army Medical Unit, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Fort Detrick, Frederick, MD.
1968-1973 Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, Veterinary Virus Research Institute, College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
1974-1975 Sabbatical leave from Cornell University to study and work in the laboratory of Dr. J.E. Seegmiller, NIH Special Postdoctoral Fellowship, Univ. of California, at San Diego, La Jolla, CA.
1973-1983 Associate Professor of Biochemistry, James A. Baker Institute for Animal Health, College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
1983-present Professor of Physiological Chemistry, James A. Baker Institute for Animal Health, College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.


1966 All-Army Science Conference, West Point, NY, 3rd place award for paper, “The influence of an arbovirus infection on host-cell RNA and protein synthesis.”
1998 J. P. Farese, Best Resident Clinical Paper, “Dorsolateral subluxationof hip joints in dogs measured in a weight-bearing position with radiography and computed tomography.” Vet. Surg. 27:393-405. Co-authored with R.J. Todhunter, G. Lust, A.J. Williams, and N.L. Dykes.
1999 C.-T. (Chris) Chen, MSRC Biomechanics Award in Bone/Orthopaedics,for paper, “Necrosis followed by apoptosis in articular cartilage after repetitive impacts,” presented at the 23rd Annual Meeting of the American Society for Biomechanics. Co-authored with N. Burton-Wurster, C. Borden, and G. Lust.

Recent Federal Government Public Advisory Committees (1998-present)

February 1998 NIH: Muscular Skeletal Diseases and Orthopedics Study Section
June 1998 NIH: Basic Research on Biomechanical Signaling Mechanisms in Cartilage, Special Panel
January 2000 NIH: Mechanism of Chondroprotection Study Section

Ad Hoc Reviewer

  • American Journal of Veterinary Research
  • Arthritis and Rheumatism
  • Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Assoc.
  • Journal of Cell Physiology
  • Journal of Clinical Investigation
  • Journal of Orthopaedic Research
  • Matrix Biology
  • Osteoarthritis and Cartilage

Memberships in Professional and Scientific Societies

  • American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Orthopaedic Research Society


1992 Steinetz, B.G., Goldsmith, L.T., and Lust, G. Relaxin testing for early detection of pregnancy in dogs.
1999 Lust, G., Farese J.P., and Todhunter, R.J. Apparatus and methods for assessing canine hip dyplasia.

George Lust

Contact Information:
Office: 607-256-5639
Fax: 607-256-5608