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February 1, 2001

Society for Investigative Pathology Honors Penn AIDS/HIV Researcher

Robert W. Doms, Chairman of Microbiology, Cited for 'Meritorious Research'

The American Society for Investigative Pathology has announced it will bestow its most prestigious award for young research scientists on Robert W. Doms, MD, PhD, chairman of the Department of Microbiology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

The society's Warner-Lambert/Parke-Davis Award honors "meritorious research in experimental pathology" by a scientist who is less than 44 years old.

Doms, who is 41, is director of pathogenesis at Penn's interdisciplinary Center for AIDS Research and an Associate Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the medical school. His team of scientists have made significant discoveries in the field of AIDS research. Under his leadership, the Penn researchers were able to establish that AIDS can develop beyond the earliest stages of HIV infection only in the presence of a second set of cell receptor molecules known as cofactors.

A member of the American Society for Clinical Research, Doms has published 70 research papers in the past eight years, in peer-review journals that include Nature and Cell. He holds the Burroughs Wellcome Award for Translational Research, and the Stanley N. Cohen Biomedical Research Award, which is one of the highest honors of Penn's School of Medicine.

In 1999, he was one of four scientist to win the Elizabeth Glaser Scientist Award, the only award devoted exclusively to research in pediatric medicine. Doms holds an MD and PhD in cell biology from Yale University, where he worked as a post-doctoral fellow. He served his residency at the National Institutes of Health before coming to Penn in 1992 as an assistant professor in pathology and laboratory medicine.

He will receive the Society's award during an April 2 reception at the organization's annual meeting in Orlando, Fla.



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