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Distinguished University Professors

 

Appointment to the rank of a Distinguished University Professor is the highest permanent honor the University of Toledo can bestow on a faculty member. Those named Distinguished University Professor have earned national and/or international recognition and distinction for educational, artistic and/or scholarly contributions that have been transformative in their field. The duration of the appointment as a Distinguished University Professor is unlimited and the title may be retained even after a faculty member has retired from the University.

 DR. SARIT BHADURI

BHADURIDr. Sarit Bhaduri
Professor of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
College of Engineering

Dr. Bhaduri received his undergraduate degree in physics at The Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and his doctoral degree in materials science and engineering from Stony Brook University, State University of New York. He undertook post-doctoral training at Virginia Tech, served as a Senior Research Scientist and a Principal Research Scientist at Defense Metallurgical Research Laboratory, Hyderabad, India, before returning to the US. He has held faculty positions at the University of Cincinnati, University of Idaho, Washington State University and Clemson University, where he held the George Bishop, III Endowed Chair of Materials Science and Engineering, before moving to the University of Toledo in 2007. Dr. Bhaduri's research activities span both structural materials and biomaterials, including novel processing of high temperature ceramics and alloys. His major emphasis of research currently is in developing "Next Generation" biomaterials for orthopedic and dental applications. He is the co-founder of a UT spin-off company, OsteoNovus, Inc., and the principal inventor of a novel bone-graft substitute material that can grow new bone in six weeks and has received FDA clearance. He has authored/co-authored ~175 peer-reviewed papers and 7 book chapters, and is an inventor/co-inventor of 14 US patents granted/applied for and 35 worldwide patents granted/applied. He has served on NSF panels for over two decades, on study sections at NIH and on review panels for DOE, NASA and DoD. His work was funded by NSF, by DoD (ARO, and ONR), the states of Ohio and Idaho, private foundations and industry. He received the Best Researcher Award at the University of Idaho and the Outstanding Research Award at UT. Dr. Bhaduri was recognized as a Fellow by the American Ceramic Society (2001), the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (2014) and the National Academy of Inventors (2016). Dr. Bhaduri was appointed a Distinguished University Professor in 2017.

DDR. KAREN BJORKMAN

Karen BjorkmanDr. Karen Bjorkman
Professor of Astronomy
College of Natural Science and Mathematics

Karen Bjorkman, Ph.D., is a Professor of Astronomy and Dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.  She received her B.S. in Physics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and then worked as an aerospace systems engineer.  Her M.S. and Ph.D. in Astrophysics are from the University of Colorado, Boulder.  She was a staff scientist at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, from 1989-96.  She joined UT in 1996, and was chair of the Department of Physics & Astronomy from 2008-10.  Her research focuses on understanding the nature of circumstellar disks of gas and dust, including precursors to planetary systems.  She uses space-based and ground-based data to study these objects.  She has been awarded significant external funding and observing time at major observatories to support her research.  She has served on the Council and the Publications Board of the American Astronomical Society and on numerous NASA and NSF review panels.  Her awards include the Helen Luedtke Brooks Endowed Professorship in Astronomy, a Cottrell Scholar Award, UT awards for Outstanding Research (Sigma Xi) and Outstanding Teaching, and three NASA Group Achievement Awards.  She was appointed a Distinguished University Professor in 2009.

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DR. ROBERT M. BLUMENTHAL 

Robert BlumenthalDr. Robert M. Blumenthal
Professor of Medical Microbiology and Immunology 
College of Medicine and Life Sciences

Robert Blumenthal, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology in the College of Medicine and Life Sciences, and Director of the Bioinformatics, Proteomics and Genomics Program. He received his B.A. degree in microbiology from Indiana University, his M.S. in microbiology from the University of Michigan, and his Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Michigan. His postdoctoral work in biochemistry was conducted at the University of British Columbia and the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York. He joined the Department of Microbiology, College of Medicine, at the University of Toledo (then the Medical College of Ohio) in 1981. Dr. Blumenthal served on National Science Foundation and NIH study sections, on site-review teams for the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and as a peer-reviewer for numerous journals. His research has been funded by NSF and NIH. Dr. Blumenthal's lab studies how bacterial control of their gene expression in response to complex changes in environmental conditions is coordinated, and how it changes as different species of bacteria adapt to new ecological niches. In addition, his lab studies how timing of gene expression is controlled in restriction-modification systems, which are biotechnologically and biologically important. Dr. Blumenthal was appointed a University Distinguished Professor in 2012.

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Dr. ROBERT COLLINS 

Robert CollinsDr. Robert Collins
Professor of Physics
College of Natural Science and Mathematics

Robert W. Collins holds positions of Distinguished University Professor (2008) and NEG Endowed Chair of Silicate and Materials Science in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. He received the B.A. in Physics and Mathematics from Clark University, Worcester MA, and the M.S. and Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Harvard University, Cambridge MA. He has been involved in thin film photovoltaics research and development since 1976 and has worked in all commercialized thin film PV technologies, including a-Si:H, CdTe, and CuIn1 xGaxSe2. In 1982, he joined Standard Oil Company (Ohio) as an R&D physicist, supporting a joint venture that developed the first roll-to-roll production line for thin film photovoltaics. In 1988, he accepted a faculty position at Pennsylvania State University where he received a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award for real-time studies of thin film deposition. In 2004, he joined The University of Toledo to focus on photovoltaics and associated metrologies. Prof. Collins has authored or coauthored more than 400 publications on the optical properties of condensed matter; he has given 80 invited presentations at conferences and colloquia and edited or co-edited 8 books. In 2014, he was elected as a fellow of the American Physical Society.

DR. CHARLENE M. CZERNIAK

Charlene CzerniakDr. Charlene M. Czerniak
Professor of Science Education
Judith Herb College of Education, Health Science and Human Service

Charlene M. Czerniak, Ph.D. is a Professor of Science Education in the Judith Herb College of Education. She received her B.A. degree in Elementary Science Specialization from the University of Toledo, her M.Ed. degree from Bowling Green State University and her PhD degree from The Ohio State University.  She joined the University of Toledo in 1989 and served as Director, Office of Collaborative Research and Grants from 2008-2009.  Dr. Czerniak is an internationally recognized expert in elementary and middle school education, focusing on special interest in science curriculum and instruction, assessment in science, and research on teacher education and educational reform. Her work has received significant extramural support from the National Science Foundation and other agencies. She has published 50 papers and 9 book chapters, and has served as an editor of books and academic journals. She has received the George Mallinson Distinguished Service Award, the Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Teacher Education, the Judith Herb College of Education Research Award and the Distinguished Alumni Award for Service.  She was appointed a Distinguished University Professor in 2012.

DR. LAURIE DINNEBEIL 

Lauarie DinnebeilDr. Laurie Dinnebeil
Professor of Early Child Physical & Special Education
Judith Herb College of Education

Laurie Dinnebeil, Ph.D. is a Professor of Early Childhood, Physical, and Special Education in the Judith Herb College of Education.  She received her B.A. in Psychology from the Dominican College of Blauvelt, her MAT in Special Education from Augustana College, and her Ph.D. in Early Childhood Special Education from Utah State University.  She is the Editor of the Journal of Early Intervention; a Mid-Career Fellow, Zero To Three; and President of the Division of Early Childhood of the Council of Exceptional Children.  Dr. Dinnebeil's research is nationally recognized and focuses on innovative service delivery models used to support early childhood inclusion at the preschool level.  In particular, to achieve an understanding how to best support triadic models of intervention that empower adults to work effectively with young children who have disabilitites. Her research has been supported by $10 million in external funding since 1993. Dr. Dinnebeil was appointed a Distinguished University Professor in 2014. 

 DR. PAUL W. ERHARDT

Dr. ErhardtDr. Paul W. Erhardt
Professor of Medicinal Chemistry
College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences 

Paul Erhardt is a Professor in the Department of Medicinal and Biological Chemistry in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Director of the Center for Drug Design and Development.  He received a B.A. in chemistry and a Ph.D. in medicinal chemistry from the University of Minnesota and undertook postdoctoral training in bioanalytical chemistry and drug metabolism at the University of Texas at Austin.  He was responsible for the design, synthesis and development of esmolol, a unique ‘soft drug’ still marketed as Brevibloc®.  For his work he received the company’s Presidential Award for Scientific and Technical Excellence. He has served as President of Division VII within IUPAC and as a member on NIH SBIR study sections for drug development.  Dr. Erhardt authored over 150 technical articles, scholarly works and issued patents and has received multi-million dollar funding from government, foundation and private sector sources.  His research focuses on small molecule drug design and development, particularly in the field of anticancer agents. Dr. Erhardt received the IUPAC’s award for Outstanding Contributions to the Advancement of Worldwide Chemistry in 2007, the Innovation in Medicinal Chemistry award from the Indian Society of Chemists and Biologists in 2011, the College’s Outstanding Teaching Faculty Award and the Outstanding Research Faculty Award, and the University of Toledo’s Outstanding Faculty Researcher Award.  He was recognized as a Distinguished University Professor in 2012. 

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DR. ALI FATEMI 

Dr. Ali FatemiDr. Ali Fatemi
Professor of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
College of Engineering 

Dr. Fatemi is a Professor of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufactoring Engineering in the College of Engineering. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in structural analysis and design and his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, all from The University of Iowa. He was on the faculty of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University-Fort Wayne from 1985 to 1987, and has been on the faculty at the University of Toledo since 1987.  Dr. Fatemi's primary research interests and publications involve materials mechanical behavior in general, and in fatigue and fracture mechanics in particular. He has published over 170 refereed papers dealing with fatigue and fracture, both at the basic level helping to understand fundamental fatigue damage mechanisms as well as in the applied areas facilitating applications of the knowledge learned to the design and life prediction of engineering components and structures. He co-authored the second edition of “Metal Fatigue in Engineering, a recognized textbook in 2000. He is a Fellow in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and is internationally recognized for his contributions and research into materials fatigue and fracture mechanics, co-developing multiaxial fatigue theory. He has been awarded $3.6 million over 35 research projects as the sole principal investigator and an additional $3.1 million in sponsored research as a co-principal investigator with other researchers. He is the recipient of the Engineering Outstanding Research Award, the UT Outstanding Research Award in 2002 and the Sigma Xi/Raftopoulos Outstanding Research Award in 2008. Dr. Fatemi was appointed a Distinguished University Professor in 2012. 

LLEWELLYN JOSEPH GIBBONS, JD

Llewellyn Joseph GibbonsLlewellyn Joseph Gibbons
Professor
College of Law 

Professor Gibbons is an outstanding teacher and mentor, and holds an international reputation as a scholar and expert on intellectual property law.  He received his BA degree in psychology, State University of New York; JD degree from Northwestern University School of Law; and LLM degree from Temple University. He joined the University of Toledo faculty in 1998, rising to Professor in 2013. Professor Gibbons was admitted to the Bar in New York (1992), Massachusetts (1993) and US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (1992).  He is internationally recognized for his expertise in intellectual property law and has been invited to teach at numerous universities and faculties of law across the world. He was a legal consultant for Northwest University of Politics and Law, Xi’an, China since 2012 and a Distinguished Lecturer, Center for Intellectual Property Rights, Zhongnan University of Law and Economics, China since 2013. Effective fall 2017, he will be named the Wenlan Scholar Chair Professor at Zhongnan University of Law and Economics.  Professor Gibbons was awarded two Fulbright Scholar Fellowships for his work in China and held a peer-review position with the Fulbright program, a position offered only to those who have developed a significant reputation as a scholar in their field of study. He also serves on the editorial board of a peer reviewed journal. He authored an outstanding treatise on trademark law and numerous journal articles on intellectual property topics that are viewed by peers as well researched, thoughtful, original and cited by federal and state courts. Professor Gibbons was appointed a Distinguished University Professor in 2017.

 DR. VIJAY GOEL 

Vijay GoelDr. Vijay Goel
McMaster-Gardner Professor and Endowed Chair of Bioengineering
College of Engineering

Dr. Vijay Goel is the McMaster-Gardner Professor and Endowed Chair of Bioengineering in the College of Engineering, a Professor in the College of Medicine, and a co-Director of the Engineering Center for Orthopaedic Research Excellence. He received his B.E. Hons, degree in Mechanical Engineering from Panjabi University, India, his M.E. degree in Mechanical Design from Roorkee University, India, and his Ph.D. from the University of New South Wales, Australia.  Dr. Goel has served on NIH review panels for musculoskeletal tissue engineering among others, on AO Switzerland panels, and for the North American Spine Society’s Research Committee (2008-2014). He serves on the editorial boards of national and international peer-reviewed journals focused on the spine, biomechanics and medicine.  He is an international expert in the area of orthopedic biomechanics, including spine biomechanics and knee biomechanics.  His work has been funding by NIH, NSF, industry sponsors, and the State of Ohio-Third Frontier Program, resulting in over 270 journal articles, books and other publications. Dr. Goel has received the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine Wiltse Lifetime Achievement Award (2010), the Henry Farfan award for spinal disorder management through service from the North American Spine Society (2006), and the Borelli Award from the American Society of Biomechanics (2014). He was appointed a Distinguished University Professor in 2009.

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DR. BLAIR GRUBB

Dr. Blair GrubbBlair Grubb
Professor and Director of the Electrophysiology 
College of Medicine & Life Sciences

Blair Grubb, M.D., is a Professor and Director of the Electrophysiology, Pacing/RF Ablation Laboratory, Division of Cardiology in the Department of Medicine in the College of Medicine & Life Sciences. He received his B.A. degree from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and his M.D. degree from the Universidad Central del Este. He is nationally recognized for his research into the mechanisms and management of disturbances of the autonomic nervous system and the causes and treatment of syncope and postural tachycardia syndrome. Dr. Grubb is an associate editor of PACE and has been awarded the Legacy of Achievement Award from the American Heart Association (2001), the Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence, Medical College of Ohio in 1996, and the University of Maryland's Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1994. Dr. Grubb was appointed a Distinguished University Professor in 2009.

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DR. BINA JOE

Bina JoeDr. Bina Joe, Professor
Chair, Physiology-Pharmacology
College of Medicine and Life Sciences

Dr. Bina Joe, Ph.D., FAHA, FAPS (CVS) is a founding Director of the Center for Hypertension and Personalized Medicine, UT College of Medicine. She received her B.S. degrees in biochemistry, botany, and zoology and her Ph.D. is in biochemistry from the University of Mysore in 1997. After a postdoctoral period at the Indian Institute of Science, she worked at AstraZeneca India before joining the National Institutes of Health as an International Fogarty Research Scholar. She joined the faculty of the Department of Physiology, College of Medicine, at the Medical College of Ohio in 2001 and became a full Professor in 2011. Dr. Joe's research on the genetics of hypertension has been funded from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute since 2004. She is an accomplished scientist in the field of hypertension, a multi-factorial disease and a leading cause of death. Her laboratory developed ways to identify genetic components of blood pressure regulation using rats as model organisms and systems biology approaches. The studies led to the identification of new genes regulating blood pressure in rat models, some of which are also genetically associated with human essential hypertension. Her lab also studies the link between host genomic interactions with microbiota in hypertension. She has served as a member of NIH study sections since 2005 and as an International reviewer for the Medical Research Council of UK, the Czech Republic and the WELLCOME trust. She is the recipient of international awards including the Young Scholar Award from the American Society of Hypertension (2010), the Lewis K. Dahl Memorial Lecture Award from the American Heart Association Council on Hypertension (2015) and a Distinguished Service Award from the American Physiological Society (2014). In 2015, she received the UT Outstanding Researcher Award and the Research Shining Star award . She has published 72 peer-reviewed articles, 10 invited book chapters and reviews. She serves as editor-in-chief for the Physiological Genomics journal and as a member of the editorial board of Hypertension. She served as president of the Ohio Physiological Society in 2008. Dr. Joe was appointed a University Distinguished Professor in 2017.

 DR. JOAN KADERAVEK

Joan KadervekDr. Joan Kaderavek
Professor of  Early Childhood, Physical & Special Education
Judith Herb College of Education

Joan Kaderavek, Ph.D. is a Professor of Early Childhood, Physical, and Special Education in the Judith Herb College of Education and a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She received her B.A. in Speech Therapy from Miami University, her M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from The Ohio State University and her Ph.D. in Communication Disorders from Bowling Green State University. She completed post-doctoral training at the University of Michigan, and taught in India as a Fulbright Senior Specialist Fellow in 2010. She joined the University of Toledo in 1998.  Dr. Kaderavek's research is nationally recognized and focuses on children's early literacy and language development, parent-child interactions, and academic discourse in early childhood classrooms. Dr. Kaderavek has served on IES grant review panels, as an onsite reviewer for the US Department of Education Early Reading First grants, and is a peer-reviewer for educational journals. Her work has been funded by large-scale preschool reading intervention grants funded by the Institute of Education Sciences and by NSF. Dr. Kaderavek was appointed as a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Toledo in 2009.

 DR. JON R. KIRCHHOFF

Jon_KirchhoffDr. Jon R. Kirchhoff
Professor and Associate Chair of Chemistry
College of Natural Science and Mathematics

Jon Kirchhoff, Ph.D, is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry in the College of Natural Science and Mathematics. He earned a B.A. degree in chemistry from the State University of New York, Cortland, and a Ph.D. degree from Purdue University. He completed postdoctoral training at the University of Cincinnati before joining the University of Toledo Chemistry Department in 1989. His nationally recognized research in bioanalytical chemistry is focuses on development of modified electrodes and microelectrodes, and electrochemical detectors for capillary electrophoresis, as well as electrochemical and spectroelectrochemical methods, redox properties, and the photochemistry and photophysics of low-valent rhenium complexes. This research was supported by NSF, the Department of Defense/DARPA/DSO, the American Chemical Society and the Ohio Board of Regents Investment Fund. His work has been published in over 75 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and he co-holds a patent for layered electrodes with inorganic thin films. Dr. Kirchhoff served on national ACS examination committees for analytic chemistry, on the Department of Energy’s Analytical Subsection Review Panel (2001) and on the Board of Directors of the Society of Electroanalytical Chemistry (2009-2014), including as Finance Committee Chair (2011-2014). He received the College of Arts & Sciences Faculty Excellence Award in 2009.  Dr. Kirchhoff was appointed a Distinguished University Professor in 2010. 

DR. RICHARD KOMUNIECKI 

Dr. Richard KomunieckiRichard Komuniecki
Jacobson Professor of Biomedical Research
College of Natural Science and Mathematics

Dr. Komuniecki earned an A.B. degree in Biology from Holy Cross College and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He was an NIH postdoctoral fellow in parasite biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame before joining the faculty at The University of Toledo in 1980. His research has focused on aspects of the biology and biochemistry of the parasitic nematode, Ascaris suum, and more recently on tyramine receptors and interactive sensory-mediated microcircuits in Caenorhabditis elegans. His research has been recognized with national awards, including the Bueding and Von Brand Award for outstanding contributions to biochemical parasitology (1992) and the Henry Baldwin Ward Medal for meritorious contributions to parasitology (1992) from the American Society of Parasitologists. He also received the Outstanding Research Award (1990), the Dion D. Raftopolous Award/Sigma Xi Award (1992) and an appointment as a Doermann Distinguished Lecturer (2001) from the University of Toledo. Notably, in 2006, he was invested as the inaugural Joan L. and Julius H. Jacobson Professor in Biomedical Research. Dr. Komuniecki was appointed a Distinguished University Professor in 1998.

 DR. CLINTON LONGENCEKER

Clinton LongeneckerDr. Clinton Longenecker
Stranahan Professor of Leadership and Organizational Excellence
College of Business and Innovation

Clinton Oliver Longenecker is a former Stranahan Professor of Leadership and Organizational Excellence in The College of Business and Innovation. He holds a B.B.A. and M.B.A. from the University of Toledo and Ph.D. in management from Pennsylvania State University. His teaching, research and consulting interests are in high performance leadership and creating great organizations. He has been the recipient of over forty outstanding teaching, service and research awards and numerous industry awards including the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Toastmaster International Leadership Award, and The Jefferson Award for Outstanding Public Service, among others. He has also been recognized by The Economist as one of the Top Fifteen Business Professors in the World. He has published over 180 articles and papers in leading academic and professional journals and is the co-author of two best-selling leadership books. Dr. Longenecker is an active management consultant, educator, executive coach and is nationally recognized as one of the top motivational speakers in America. In addition, he is an active community servant and has done extensive construction and relief work in the country of Haiti. Dr. Longenecker was appointed a University Distinguished Professor in 2015

 SUSAN MARTYN, JD 

Susan_Martyn

Susan Martyn
Stoepler 
Professor of Law and Values
College of Law

Susan R. Martyn, J.D., is the Stoepler Professor of Law and Values in the Department of Law, College of Law. She received her B.A. degree from St. Olaf College and her J.D. degree from Marquette University Law School. She has served as a member of the A.B.A. Ethics 2000 Commission from 1997-2002; an adviser for the American Law Institute's Restatement (Third) of the Law Governing Lawyers from 1989-2001; and a member of Ohio Supreme Court Task Force on the Rules of Professional Conduct for 2002-2006. She is a member of the Michigan and Ohio bars, a member of the A.B.A. Standing Committee on Ethics and Personal Responsibility, and a Life Member of the American Law Institute. She is a nationally recognized expert on legal ethics and the regulation of lawyers and Bioethics. She has written extensively about legal ethics and has been instrumental in the past twenty years in developing the Law Governing Lawyers. She was appointed a Distinguished University Professor in 2012.

 DR. MARCIA MCINERNEY

Marica_Mcinerney

Dr. Marcia McInerney
Professor and Chair of Medicinal and Biological Chemistry
College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Dr. McInerney is Professor of Medicinal and Biological Chemistry, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, and Executive Administrative Dean in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.  She earned the B.A. in Biology at the University of Connecticut, the M.S. in Microbiology/Immunology at Case- Western Reserve University, and the Ph.D. degree in Microbiology/Immunology at the University of Michigan. Dr. McInerney completed post-doctoral research at Yale University prior to joining the University of Toledo in 1991. Her research interests include describing the effects of immune-pathology mechanisms on the autoimmune aspects of Type 1 (insulin-dependent) diabetes, using the non-obese diabetic (NOD) mouse as a primary model. Her work has been funded by the NIH, other external agencies, and intramural sources. She has served on the Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases B Subcommittee of the Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Initial Review Group at the NIH.  Dr. McInerney was the Mary Iacocca Senior Research Fellow (1998-1999) at the Joslin Diabetes Center of the Harvard Medical School, and is currently an adjunct professor at the U. Michigan School of Medicine. She was the recipient of a Career Development Award from the American Diabetes Association, a CODA Children’s Research Award from the Central Ohio Diabetes Association, the University Outstanding Research Award (2006), the College of Pharmacy Dean’s Outstanding Research Award (2006) and was the recipient of a Presidential Research Scholarship Award (2012). Dr. McInerney was appointed a Distinguished University Professor in 2010.

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DR. CAROL A. STEPIEN 

Dr. StepienDr. Carol A. Stepien
Professor of Ecology
College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Carol Stepien is a Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and Director of Lake Erie Research Center. She in internationally recognized for her research in the areas of molecular ecology, evolution, adaptedness and the population genetics and genomics of Great Lakes fishes. She earned a B.S. degree from Bowling Green State University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in biology from the University of Southern California. She is on the editorial board of Molecular Phylogenetics and Systematics, an editor for the Journal of Great Lakes Research, and an editor for the journal Biological Invasions. Her awards include the UT Outstanding Researcher Award (2008), Sigma Xi Scientific Honorary Society Outstanding Researcher Award (2010), and the Outstanding Organization Award from the Ohio Lake Erie Commission (2011). She has served on panels for the National Science Foundation, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Aquatic Ecology and Technology Grant agency.  Dr. Stepien was appointed a Distinguished University Professor in 2012.

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 DR. GRETCHEN E. TIETJEN

Dr.TietjenDr. Gretchen E. Tietjen
Professor of Neurology
College of Medicine and Life Sciences

Dr. Tietjen is Professor and the Clair Martig Endowed Chair of Neurology in the College of Medicine and Life Sciences.  She received her B.S. degree from the University of Michigan, earning membership in Phi Beta Kappa her junior year and graduating Magna Cum Laude. She earned her M.D. degree from the University of Michigan, completed internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Rochester and a fellowship in neurology at the Center for Stroke Research at Henry Ford.  She joined the Medical University of Ohio in 2006 as Director of both the Headache Treatment Research Center and the Stroke Research Center of Northwest Ohio. Professor Tietjen is an international authority on stroke, migraines and headache diagnoses and treatment and an active researcher into the bases of gender differences in headaches and emerging biomarkers for migraines. Her work has been funded since 1990, and has resulted in 71 peer-reviewed publications, 16 multicenter clinical trial publications, 19 other publications, and 18 book chapters. Dr. Tietjen is a member of 13 professional societies, academies and associations.  She has served as President of the Ohio Headache Association and on the executive boards of the Association of University Professors of Neurology, the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy and the Migraine Research Foundation. She also served on journal editorial boards and on reviews panels for the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Her professional awards include the 2014 American Heart Association Heart of Gold Honoree, the American Headache Society’s Harold Wolff Lecture Award in 2011, the American Headache Society’s women’s issues research award in 2011 and Seymour Solomon Presidential Lecture award in 2008. She received the UT Outstanding Research Award in 2011. Dr. Tietjen was appointed a Distinguished University Professor in 2012. 

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DR. RONALD VIOLA 

Dr. Ronald ViolaRonald Viola
Professor and Chair  Chemistry and Biochemistry
College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Ronald Viola, Ph.D., is Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. He received a B.S. degree in chemistry from Fordham University and his M.S. (chemistry) and Ph.D. degrees (biochemistry) from Pennsylvania State University before completing postdoctoral training at the University of Wisconsin. He has served on the NIH Drug Development study section, NIH Pre/Postdoctoral Fellowship study section, and the NSF Chemistry of Life Processes review panel. Dr. Viola was awarded the UT Outstanding University Researcher Award in 2007, the University of Akron Arts & Sciences Faculty Research Award in 1999, and the Southern Illinois University Research Scholar Award in 1984. His research on targeting metabolic enzymes for species-selective drug development and mechanistic studies of enzyme-catalyzed reactions was supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH. Other research focuses on extraction and crystallization of membrane proteins, exploring novel approaches for antibiotic development and developing therapies for the treatment of neurological diseases. He was appointed a Distinguished University Professor in 2009.

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Last Updated: 9/18/17