FACULTY AWARDS AND HONORS
Faculty members in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology have been well-recognized for their achievements, including several that are fellows or members of the National Academy of Sciences (Petes and Joklik), the Institute of Medicine (Joklik), the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (Petes), the Association of American Physicians (Heitman), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (Marchuk, Petes, Heitman, Mitchell, Keene, Cullen, Jinks-Robertson, Cardenas, Valdivia, Matsunami, McCusker, Sullivan, and Rawls), the American Society for Clinical Investigation (Heitman, Chi), and the American Academy of Microbiology (Mitchell, Keene, Joklik, Heitman, Petes, Cullen, Jinks-Robertson, Valdivia and Harrell).
Nine faculty have received Whitehead Scholar awards (Valdivia, Coers, Silver, Ko, Tobin, Horner, David, Yan, and Heaton), and four have received ICAAC Young Investigator awards (Coers, Tobin, and Ko). One has received a Mallinckrodt Foundation Award, an NIH New Innovator Award, was named a Searle Scholar, and received a Vallee Foundation Young Investigator Award (Tobin). One was named a Searle Scholar, named a Beckman Young Investigator, selected for the prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Research Award, and named one of the 10 Scientists to Watch in 2016 (David), and two received a Hartwell Foundation Award (David and Silver). Three were awarded a Trice-Holland Scholars award (Silver, Marchuk, Keene), and one received the Thomas Hunt Morgan Medal (Petes). Several investigators have been supported or are currently supported by The Burroughs Wellcome Fund (Heitman, Valdivia, Chi, Coers, Horner) and the Pew Foundation (Valdivia, Rawls, Keene). One faculty member has received the Squibb Award from the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the AMGEN Award from the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, a MERIT award from the NIH/NIAID, and a Research Mentoring Award for Translational Research (Heitman), one was awarded the Billy Cooper Award from the Medical Mycology Society of the Americas (Mitchell), and one received a Research Mentoring Award for Basic Science Research (Cullen). Another received the ASM Merck Irving Sigal Award (Valdivia). One received the March of Dimes Basil O’Connor Scholar Award (Sullivan). One received the Christina Fleischmann Award for Young Women Investigators, the Seymour & Vivian Milstein Young Investigator Award, and the ASM Young Investigator Award (Horner). One faculty member served on the Board of the Genetics Society of American and is currently the elected Treasurer and appointed to the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Cancer Institute (Jinks-Robertson). One was an Honorary Member of the LA-and-Related-Proteins Society (LARP), received a creativity award from the National Science Foundation, elected to the Henry Kunkel Honorary Society, received the Arthritis Foundation’s Devil’s Bag Award, and an American Cancer Society Faculty Research Award (Keene). One faculty member was elected to the Executive Board for the International Epstein-Barr Virus Association, was an invited Priscilla Schaffer Memorial Lecturer at the International Herpesvirus workshop, and an F1000 Prime Faculty Member (Luftig). One received the Eli Lilly Molecular Biology Contact Award, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Award, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Distinguished Alumni Award, listed as one of the most cited AIDS researchers by Science (Heavy Hitters in AIDS, Vol.260, p.1262, 1993), appointed honorary position of Visiting Professor by the Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine, London, awarded a Distinguished Fellowship at the Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS) at Durham University, UK, named one of the Top Peer Reviewers for the Journal of Virology, awarded a Visiting Professorship by the Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS) at the University of Warwick, UK, and listed as one of the world’s most “Highly Cited Researchers” by Thomson Reuters (Cullen).
In addition, faculty members have served as Chair of Division F of the ASM (Mitchell), Scholar for the Roche Foundation for Anemia Research (Chi), and President and Vice President of the Genetics Society of America (Petes).