Dr. Stephen Liggett named a National Academy of Inventors Fellow

He will be inducted March 7 with this year’s group of 143 outstanding innovators

Stephen B. Liggett, MD, vice dean for research in the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine and an acting director of the USF Health Heart Institute, was recently named a 2013 Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

Election to NAI Fellow status is a high professional distinction bestowed upon academic inventors who demonstrate a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have tangibly impacted quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society.

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Dr. Stephen Liggett holds 16 patents related to genomics.

Dr. Liggett, a professor of internal medicine and molecular pharmacology & physiology, will be among the 143 new Fellows from 94 institutions  – including nine Nobel Laureates, six National Medal of Technology and Innovation recipients and two U.S. National Medal of Science recipients — inducted March 7 at the 3rd Annual NAI Conference in Alexandria, VA.  A plaque listing the name and institution of each NAI Fellow remains on permanent display at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Dr. Liggett was the only USF faculty member elected a NAI Fellow this year.  He joins a select cadre of five other USF faculty members, including three from USF Health (Barbara Hansen, PhD; Paul Sanberg, PhD, DSC; and Shyam Mohapatra, PhD), who were named charter Fellows of the academy in 2012.

Dr. Liggett, a member of the USF Chapter of the NAI, holds 16 patents for genomic research discoveries applicable to diagnosis and treatment of heart and lung diseases.   He has started several biotechnology companies and published 167 primary research articles and 45 review articles.

The NAI’s mission is to honor academic invention, recognize and encourage inventors, enhance the visibility of university and non-profit research institute technology and innovation, encourage disclosure of intellectual property, educate and mentor innovative students, and translate the inventions of its members to benefit society.

See the complete list of current NIA Fellows.