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Microbiology and immunology research to be boosted by university appointment

November 10th, 2011
by Tania

Research in the field of microbiology and immunology will be boosted at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) with the appointment of Frances Lund, Ph.D.

The immunology expert will take on the role of chair of the Department of Microbiology at the institution, with her husband Troy Randall, Ph.D, becoming the first Claude Bennett Professor in the department of medicine's Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology.

Ray Watts, dean of the UAB School of Medicine, said: "We are thrilled to have these two world-class scientists join us at UAB. Both Dr. Lund and Dr. Randall have made significant contributions to their respective areas of research and they’re first-class educators. Their strengths will help propel UAB as a leader in basic science and translational research related to infectious diseases and immunology, putting us closer to better medical therapies for a host of complex diseases."

Dr Lund went on to say that the university is investing heavily in its Department of Microbiology at the moment, and this is coming at a time when many programs around the US are reducing their budgets.

"We were also attracted to the tradition of collaborative science, because no one laboratory today can answer all the scientific questions surrounding a body of work, and a community approach is a must," she stated.

Dr Randall noted that there are "natural fits" between the work that the pair had done in the past and the research strengths of UAB, including autoimmune disease and cancer immunology. He said that a current tumour immunology project surrounding ovarian cancer will benefit tremendously from interaction with UAB.

Earlier this month, UAB named appointed Ken Marion, Ph.D, to professor emeritus of biology in the UAB College of Arts and Sciences. He is a fellow of the Alabama Academy of Science and has previously won the UAB Odessa Woolfolk Community Service Award.

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