National Academy of Inventors Inducts TTUHSC Faculty Members

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Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) faculty members were inducted in the inaugural class of the local Texas Tech University System Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) April 27. The NAI recognizes individuals whose research has moved out of the laboratory and is transitioning to applied use through the patent process.

Local members are recognized at three levels. This year’s awardees were:

Associate Members – provisional patents

·        Roger Sutton, Ph.D., professor of Cell Physiology & Molecular Biophysics

Members – one U.S. issued patent

·        Ulrich Bickel, Ph.D., professor and director, Center for Blood-Brain Barrier Research

·        Robert Bright, Ph.D., professor, Department of Immunology & Molecular Biology

·        Matthew Grisham, Ph.D., professor and chair, Department of Immunology & Molecular Biology

·        Daniel Hardy, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Cell Biology & Biochemistry

·        Jaou-Chen Huang, M.D., professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology

·        Lingkun Kong, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Ophthalmology  

·        Devin Lowe, Ph.D., assistant professor, Immunotherapeutics & Biotechnology, Abilene

·        Claudia Meek, Ph.D., research associate professor, School of Pharmacy, Dallas

·        Lindsay Penrose, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology

·        Afzal Siddiqui, Ph.D., Grover E. Murray Professor and vice president for Institutional Collaborations 

·       Thomas Tenner, Ph.D., assistant dean for Faculty Affairs & Development, professor of the Department of Medical Education

Senior Chapter Members – three or more U.S. issued patents

·       Sam Prien, Ph.D., director of Clinical & Research Laboratory and professor of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and professor of Animal and Food Science in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources              

·      Ted Reid, Ph.D., professor of the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences

      ·      Patrick Reynolds, M.D., Ph.D., director of the School of Medicine Cancer Center and  professor of the Department of Cell Biology and Biochemistry

 

Researchers with questions about membership in the NAI should contact Prien, the TTUHSC Institutional Representative, at Samuel.prien@ttuhsc.edu. 

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