NAU Professor Named 2012 Arizona Bioscience Researcher of the Year

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Dr, Paul Keim, 2012 Arizona Bioscience Researcher of the Year

Paul Keim, Northern Arizona University (NAU) Regents Professor (Department of Biological Sciences) and Director of NAU’s Center for Microbial Genetics and Genomics (MGGen), has been named 2012 Arizona Bioscience Researcher of the Year by the Arizona Bioindustry Association (AZBio). Dr. Keim is also the Cowden Endowed Chair in Microbiology, Director of the Pathogen Genomics Division at Translation Genomics Research Institute (TGen), a research affiliate at Los Alamos National Laboratory, a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, Acting Chair of the National Science Advisory Board on Biodefense (NSABB) and an NAU alumni (class of ’77 BS).

Professor Keim was nominated for the AZBio honor by members of the Arizona bioscience community and selected by an independent, statewide panel of leaders for this recognition of his research and innovation in the field of pathogen genomics and microbiology.

Dr. Keim is perhaps most celebrated for his research with anthrax. Following the 2001 anthrax attacks on the East Coast, he and his research team played a crucial role in identifying the source of anthrax spores in contaminated letters that had been sent from a Maryland laboratory. In addition to researching anthrax, Dr. Keim has also studied plague, tularemia, glanders, brucellosis, Q-fever, cholera, and valley fever—to name just a few examples of his other work with infectious diseases.

Complementing his many scientific awards and achievements, which include publishing nearly 300 scientific and science policy articles, is his enthusiasm for undergraduate teaching. He has made a difference in hundreds of students’ lives. More than 100 students who were trained in Keim’s lab were mentioned in the program for the AZBio award.