Joseph Heitman, M.D., Ph.D. – Honors and Awards

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  • Gustavo Cudkowicz Memorial Prize in Immunobiology, Cornell University Medical College (1991)
  • Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (1992-2005)
  • Burroughs Wellcome Scholar in Molecular Pathogenic Mycology (1998-2005)
  • AMGEN Award, American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, for significant achievements in the understanding of human disease, including studies in model yeasts defining targets and modes of action for immunosuppressive drugs  (2002)
  • Squibb Award, Infectious Diseases Society of America, in recognition of outstanding achievement in the field of infectious diseases (2003)
  • Fellow, American Society for Clinical Investigation (2003)
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (2004)
  • Fellow, American Academy of Microbiology (2004)
  • Fellow, Association of American Physicians (2006)
  • Duke University Presidential Meritorious Service Award in Executive Leadership (2007)
  • MERIT Award, NIH/NIAID for discovery of, and studies on, fungal unisexual reproduction (2011-2021)
  • Faculty of 1000, Faculty member of the year (2011, 2013, 2015, 2018)
  • Faculty of 1000, Outstanding faculty member of the year (2014, 2017)
  • Duke University Research Mentoring Award for translational research (2012)
  • Elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) medical honorific society as a faculty member (2014)
  • Visiting International Professorship, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany (2015-2019)
  • Stanley J. Korsmeyer Award, American Society for Clinical Investigation, for key contributions to understanding how microbial pathogens evolve, cause disease, and develop drug resistance and discovery of TOR and FKBP12 as targets of rapamycin (2018)
  • Dean’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring, Graduate School, Duke University (2018)
  • Rhoda Benham Award, Medical Mycological Society of the Americas, for continuous, outstanding, meritorious contributions to medical mycology (2018)
  • ASM Award for Basic Research, American Society for Microbiology, for discoveries fundamental in advancing understanding of the microbial world (2019)
  • Edward Novitski Prize, Genetics Society of America, honoring work on human fungal pathogens and identifying molecular targets of widely-used immunosuppressive drugs, a seminal contribution to discovery of TOR, which regulates cell growth in response to nutrients (2019)
  • Fellow and Co-Director, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research program, Fungal Kingdom:  Threats & Opportunities (2019-2024)