Marchuk Awarded Distinguished Professorship
May 15, 2014
DURHAM, NC –One Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology faculty member was awarded a distinguished professorship and recognized at a May 1 dinner at the Washington Duke Inn. Duke University honored 37 members of its faculty with distinguished professorships this year.
Awards such as these are among the most prestigious faculty appointments at Duke. They recognize the recipients’ outstanding achievements and honor Duke Medicine’s legacy as a healthcare, research and medical education enterprise second to none, dedicated to creating a better tomorrow.
Douglas Marchuk, PhD, Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Director of the Center for Human Genetics, and Director of the Duke University Program in Genetics and Genomics is now the James B. Duke, Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology.
Douglas Marchuk, PhD, who joined the Duke faculty in 1993, focuses his research on human genetics, especially the genetic and molecular foundations of inherited cardiovascular diseases.
His research has revealed the causative genes for a number of different vascular malformations, including hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and stroke. He is a pioneer in developing mouse models to map novel genes that affect the severity and progression of disease, shedding important light on corresponding diseases in humans. His honors include being elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; the Bugher Award for the Investigation of Stroke and the Established Investigator Award, both from the American Heart Association; the Baxter Foundation Scholar in Human Genetics; the John Mulliken Research Award from the International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies; and, twice, the Simmons Research Award from the Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia Foundation.
He is a member of professional organizations including the American Society of Human Genetics, the American Heart Association’s Basic Science Division, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the International Mammalian Genome Society, and the North American Vascular Biology Organization. He has published more than 130 papers in refereed journals, plus numerous reviews and book chapters.
Prior to coming to Duke as an assistant professor, Marchuk was an assistant research scientist in the Division of Cancer Biology, Department of Radiation Oncology, at the University of Michigan Medical School. He earned an undergraduate degree at the University of Dayton and received a master’s degree in microbiology from the University of Connecticut and a Ph.D in molecular genetics from the University of Chicago. He completed postdoctoral fellowships at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Department of Human Genetics and at the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor.