ATLANTA—Dr. Timothy Denning, associate director of the Institute for Biomedical Sciences at Georgia State University, has been awarded the 2020 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Texas Medical Branch’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS).
The GSBS Distinguished Alumnus Award is presented each year to a graduate who has made outstanding contributions in the areas of service, involvement and leadership or has achieved special recognition in their professional career. This is the highest honor bestowed to an alumnus.
Denning earned his Ph.D. degree from the GSBS Microbiology and Immunology Program in 2002. He completed his postdoctoral training at the La Jolla Institute and the Emory Vaccine Center. His research has focused on the role of intestinal immune cells in the regulation of experimental models of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
Denning’s high-impact work has resulted in over 60 peer-reviewed publications that have been cited more than 5,500 times. His research has received continuous grant support and has earned numerous honors, awards and national and international lectureships.
In addition to serving as the associate director of the Institute for Biomedical Sciences, Denning is a tenured professor and the institute’s graduate program director. He leads the institute’s new graduate programs, the Ph.D. program in Translational Biomedical Sciences and the Master of Interdisciplinary Studies program in Biomedical Enterprise.
As part of the Distinguished Alumnus Award, Denning was recognized during the 2020 GSBS virtual commencement ceremony in May and served as the commencement speaker, where he shared inspiring words and advice with the graduates.
To learn more about the GSBS Distinguished Alumnus Award, visit https://alumni.utmb.edu/gsbs/awards.