Award for Scientific Achievement
John Eppig arrived at The Jackson Laboratory in 1975, just five years after receiving his Ph.D. at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and after three years of taking a turn at academic faculty life, first at Brooklyn College and then at the City University of New York. Dr. Eppig easily established collaborative relationships with Jackson faculty, as evidenced by co-authorships with colleagues here on numerous papers over the last several decades. Dr. Eppig's career is a prime example of the unparalleled standards of excellence in research at The Jackson Laboratory. Widely acknowledged as a pioneer in reproductive biology, Dr. Eppig has won many honors including the 2007 Pioneer in Reproduction Research Lectureship Award from the Frontiers in Reproduction Research Program.
The research conducted in Dr. Eppig’s lab for the past 30 years has held to a constant underlying theme: to develop culture systems that support oocyte development in vitro, such that these oocytes may give rise to complete embryogenesis. His research successes include achieving the first complete in vitro development of mammalian oocytes, or egg cells, into a complete organism, the famous mouse known as "Eggbert."
Dr. Eppig has given generously of his time, his reputation and his creative problem-solving skills in leadership roles in the Society for the Study of Reproduction (SSR). He served on the board of directors (1992–1995), as president-elect (1998–1999), and then as president (1999–2000). This year he was awarded the SSR’s highest honor, the Carl G. Hartman Award. He has served as editor-in-chief of the journal Biology of Reproduction (2004–2009). Like most scientists dependent upon NIH funding, he has served on grant review panels and editorial boards in an effort to strengthen and challenge the rigors of scientific inquiry. Closer to home, Dr. Eppig has and continues to advocate for the highest standards of research integrity at The Jackson Laboratory, as a conscientious member of several active faculty committees.
When Dr. Eppig is not in his lab on the 4th floor of the Snell Building, he might be found bicycling along the Newbury Neck Road near his home in Surry, Maine, or if the seas are calm and the wind steady, out for a sail on Blue Hill Bay.