Horner named a Burroughs Wellcome Investigator.  Stacy Horner, PhD was awarded the Burroughs Wellcome 2017 Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Diseases award. The Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease program provides opportunities for assistant professors to bring multidisciplinary approaches to the study of human infectious diseases. The goal of the program is to provide opportunities for accomplished investigators still early in their careers to study what happens at the points where the systems of humans and potentially infectious agents connect.  Read more about this prestigious award on the Burroughs Wellcome website.  Congratulations, Stacy!

Reese named a Harvard Junior Fellow.  Aspen Reese, an UPE graduate student in Lawrence David’s lab, will be a Harvard Junior Fellow 2017-2020. Founded in 1933 by former Harvard President A. Lawrence Lowell, Class of 1877, the society has offered junior fellows academic freedom and the opportunity to take intellectual risks ever since. Lawrence David was also a Harvard Junior fellow. More information about this society can be found here. Additional articles: The Crimson – Party of Eight and The Crimson-High Society.

Silver and Tobin promoted to Associate Professor.  Debra Silver, PhD and David Tobin, PhD were both promoted to Associate Professors effective July 1, 2017. Congratulations to both of them!


The Ruth and A. Morris Williams, Jr. Faculty Research Prize was given to David M. Tobin, PhD, Assistant Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology Presented by Nancy C. Andrews, MD, PhD, Dean of the School of Medicine and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, the Ruth and A. Morris Williams, Jr. Faculty Research Prize was established in May 2001 by Duke University Trustee Emeritus, A. Morris Williams, Jr., T’62, MA’63, and his wife Ruth Whitmore Williams, WC’63. It is presented annually to a faculty member at the Duke University School of Medicine who demonstrates the intellectual vigor, dedication, and scientific ingenuity needed to make a critical impact on the future of medical research.

Aballay and Valdivia promoted to Full Professor. Alejandro Aballay, PhD and Raphael Valdivia, PhD were both promoted to Full professor (June 1, 2016 and March 1, 2017 respectively) this past year.  Alejandro is the Director or the Center for Host Microbial Interactions and a member of the Faculty Honors Committee.  Raphael is Vice Dean of Basic Science and formerly the Director of Graduate Student Studies for the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology.

Aballay and Valdivia elected fellows of American Academy of Microbiology.  Professors of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology Alejandro Aballay, PhD and Raphael Valdivia, PhD, were recently elected as fellows of the American Academy of Microbiology, an honorific leadership group within American Society of Microbiology.  More…

Heaton chosen for funding from the Duke Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI).  The Heaton lab was recently awarded a Translational Accelerator grant from the Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute.  This grant will fund the continued development of next-generation influenza virus vaccines which are designed to reduce the time and cost associated with production, as well as increase vaccine efficacy.

Cullen and Su receive the Duke/UNC CTSA collaborative Pilot Award.   Bryan Cullen, PhD (Duke) and Lishan Su, PhD (UNC) receive the NIH Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) for research on chronic hepatitis and anti-viral treatments.  More…


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