Michael Pangburn, Ph.D., a professor of biochemistry and director of the center’s graduate program in biotechnology, is one of 40 faculty members from UT system’s six health institutions to receive the 2012 award. This is the first year that faculty at the health institutions have been eligible for the award.
Pangburn, who joined the health science center in 1984, has taught students enrolled in the master’s degree program in biotechnology since 1996. As a scientist at the Biomedical Research Center, he has spent the past 36 years studying the complement system, part of the body’s innate immune system that is the first line of defense against illness or infection.
“We are all very proud of Dr. Pangburn receiving this prestigious award for his exemplary teaching. He is a gifted educator who leads the successful master’s degree program in biotechnology at UTHSCT,” said Dr. Steven Idell, Ph.D., vice president for research at the health science center.
“He is passionate about providing first-class experiences for his students. This is truly a great honor for Dr. Pangburn, and is recognition of the outstanding quality of education offered by UTHSCT.”
The UT System Board of Regents established the award for the nine academic institutions in 2008. Last year, the board authorized $6 million to expand the awards to faculty at health institutions. Each year the UT System will make 40 awards of $25,000 each to outstanding faculty at the health institutions.