National Psoriasis Foundation

National Psoriasis Foundation remembers friend and colleague, Andy Robertson, Ph.D.

We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our friend and colleague Andrew "Andy" Robertson, Ph.D., the chief scientific and medical officer for the National Psoriasis Foundation.

In his role, Robertson oversaw the Foundation's research activities, including its robust grant and fellowship program, and guided the strategic leadership of its science and medical programs. He will be remembered for his role in positioning the Foundation as an international leader in psoriatic disease research. His enthusiasm for sharing his love of science and his animated discussions about research benefitted everyone in our community.

"Andy was a tremendous asset and friend to the entire psoriatic disease community. He was a tireless advocate for building the breadth and depth of psoriatic disease research both domestically and abroad and for engaging patients in the process," said Randy Beranek, National Psoriasis Foundation president and CEO.

"Andy was effervescent about his passion for scientific discovery," added Krista Kellogg, chair of the Foundation's Board of Directors. "After a chat with Andy, you couldn't help but get excited about his work at the Foundation and seemingly limitless imagination for the power of research and its potential impact on the psoriatic disease community. He will be deeply missed."

Robertson joined the Psoriasis Foundation in September 2012 following a more than 20-year career in biomedical, life science and academic research. His background included leadership positions at the European Molecular Biology Lab in Heidelberg, Germany, and the Keystone Symposia on Molecular and Cellular Biology, where he developed major conferences and life science meetings and became known for bringing researchers together across a range of disciplines.

For more than 15 years, he was a professor of biochemistry at the University of Iowa, where he published more than 60 papers and received several National Institutes of Health grants for his laboratory's research on how proteins work.

A native of Manhattan Beach, Calif., Robertson received his bachelor's degree in biology from the University of California, San Diego and his doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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August 29, 2014

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