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Robert Tanguay receives Distinguished Professor Award

Dr. Robert Tanguay was one of two Oregon State University faculty members awarded the title of “distinguished professor”, the highest honor that OSU gives to its faculty for their teaching and collaborative research in biomedical sciences and environmental health science.

Sabah Randhawa, OSU provost and executive vice president, announced the honor for Luiz E. Bermudez, a professor and interim associate dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, and Robert L. Tanguay, a professor of molecular toxicology in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

“The study of human health and disease prevention is one of OSU’s most important and rapidly growing fields of study, and professors Bermudez and Tanguay epitomize the excellence and international prestige of our faculty,”  Randhawa said. “Their honors are richly deserved.”

Tanguay is a professor in the Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology. He came to OSU in 2003 to direct the university’s Sinnhuber Aquatic Research Laboratory, where he has created a world-class zebrafish research facility. Tanguay and other scientists use zebrafish as a model organism to study environmental effects on human health. During the past year, he received the National Institutes of Health Director’s Award of $2 million to build advanced robotics to automate zebrafish experimentation.

Bermudez specializes in the study of tuberculosis and other mycobacterial diseases. With grant funding that includes almost $1 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Bermudez is pioneering the first new tuberculosis therapytreatment in four decades. His research is critical: Tuberculosis is making a comeback around the world and infects about 8 million people annually, killing a quarter of them. Bermudez has been on the OSU faculty for eight years.

Sources: Gazette Times and OSU Media Services

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