Stephen W. Russell

Member and Co-Founder

Stephen Russell

Continuously funded from early 1970s by NIH, USDA, American Cancer Society, foundations, and industry through December 1999. At that time he elected to enter emeritus status and concentrate on GWSW full time.

Member of multiple national review and advisory groups; recipient of awards for teaching excellence.


  • D.V.M. and Ph.D. (Comparative Pathology), University of California – Davis
  • Postdoctoral research fellow, Scripps Research Institute

Faculty Positions (in chronological order):

  • Scripps Research Institute (supported by Research Career Development Awards from the National Institutes of Health and the American Cancer Society – California Division)
  • University of North Carolina (Associate Professor and Member, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • University of Florida (Professor and Chairman, Department of Comparative and Experimental Pathology)
  • University of Kansas Medical Center (Wilkinson Distinguished Professor [Emeritus] and Director, Cancer Center)

Who he really is…

Steve and Mary

Steve was a California winemaker (B.S. in Enology, University of California – Davis) before he embarked on an academic career. But he didn’t have a vineyard of his own during that time.

After entering emeritus status at the end of 1999, he and his wife Mary, returned to California, where they planted Quinta Santa Rosa Vineyard. Its grapes (Pinot Noir) have produced some exceptional wines under their recently sold, Prodigal Wines, label. When he isn’t consulting on grant applications, you can likely find him in the vineyard, continuing to pursue one of his lifelong dreams.