Patrick Stover received his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Saint Joseph’s University in 1987, and his Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biophysics in 1990 from the Medical College of Virginia. He conducted his postdoctoral research at the University of California at Berkeley in nutritional sciences from 1991 to 1994. He became an Assistant Professor of Nutritional Biochemistry in 1994 at Cornell University and currently serves as Professor and Director of the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University and as Director of the United Nations Food and Nutrition Programme for Human and Social Development.
The Stover research group investigates the biochemical, genetic and epigenetic mechanisms that underlie the relationships between the B-vitamin folate and human pathologies including neural tube defects, cardiovascular disease and cancer. Specific interests include the regulation of folate-mediated one-carbon metabolism and genome expression and stability, the molecular basis of the fetal origins hypothesis, development of mouse models to elucidate mechanisms of folate-related pathologies, and translational control of gene expression. In 1996 he received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from President William Jefferson Clinton. He received the ERL Stokstad Award in Nutritional Biochemistry from the American Society for Nutritional Sciences in 1999 and has been selected as an Outstanding Educator four times by Cornell Merrill Presidential Scholars. He is a Member of the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences. He serves on the editorial boards for the Annual Review of Nutrition, The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and The Journal of Biological Chemistry.