USF Health researchers earn Excellence in Innovation awards

Two USF Health faculty members earned 2015 Excellence in Innovation Awards by USF Research and Innovation.

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Umesh Jinwal, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Science in the College of Pharmacy, earned the award partly for his research involving discovery of novel drugs for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and other neurological disorders by using rapid and economical cellular and C. elegans (worm) based disease models.

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And Yu Chen, associate professor of the Department of Molecular Medicine, earned the award partly because of his patented technology of novel beta-lactamase inhibitors that is helping develop novel antibiotics against bacterial resistance.

The Excellence in Innovation Award, which includes $2,000, recognizes USF faculty for exceptional achievement, during one calendar year, in translational research and/or innovation and its transfer to practice, industrial partnerships, and or commercialization