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Aug. 15, 2008

Waldschmidt named to the Hanson Family Chair in Immunology

Thomas Waldschmidt, Ph.D., professor of pathology in the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, has been named to the Clement T. and Sylvia H. Hanson Family Chair in Immunology. The five-year appointment was effective March 1.

The endowed chair was established through gifts to the UI Foundation from the Hanson family to support the academic pursuits of a faculty member in pathology who has a distinguished research program in immunology.

Waldschmidt is internationally known for his research on B lymphocytes -- white blood cells that come from bone marrow and are essential components of the adoptive immune system. In addition to investigating the fundamental biology of these cells, Waldschmidt also studies the reconstitution and function of B cells after bone marrow transplantation, and the basis of B cell loss and dysfunction in long-term alcoholics.

A UI faculty member in pathology since 1988, Waldschmidt is vice chair for research and director of the Department of Pathology's graduate program.

"Dr. Waldschmidt is an exceptional scientist and educator," said Michael Cohen, M.D., professor and head of pathology who holds the Dr. Richard G. Lynch Chair in Experimental Pathology. "His appointment to the Clement T. and Sylvia H. Hanson Family Chair in Immunology is well-deserved recognition of his many important contributions to the field of immunology and his long-standing commitment to the education of young researchers."

Waldschmidt received a bachelor's degree in biology from Marquette University, a doctorate in immunology from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in 1984, and he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the UI in the lab of Richard G. Lynch, M.D.

The previous five-year Hanson Family Chair was held by Lynch, UI professor emeritus of pathology.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5135 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

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