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USF Health malaria expert Dr. John Adams among faculty named Distinguished University Professors

USF Health’s global health and infectious disease researcher John H. Adams, PhD, was recently named Distinguished University Professor for 2016 for his work in malaria parasite biology that is helping lay the groundwork toward better control and vaccine development.

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Dr. Adams, professor in the USF College of Public Health, will be honored and have his new title formally bestowed at the Faculty Honors and Awards ceremony in the fall.

The Distinguished University Professor award recognizes senior faculty members who have distinguished themselves among their peers, both within and outside the University. The title is awarded through a process of nomination and external peer review and identifies those holding it as outstanding members of their profession.

Dr. Adams, who joined USF in 2007, also earned the title Distinguished University Health Professor in 2014.

In his letter announcing Dr. Adam’s designation, USF Provost Ralph Wilcox noted the researcher’s work:

“His research program studies malaria parasite biology with the expectation that a better understanding of Plasmodium biology will enable developing better ways to control malaria through vaccines, drugs and other prevention strategies. Notably, Dr. Adams is the author of over 100 refereed articles in professional journals that have generated a very high citation and corresponding h-index rate. In addition, he has been engaged in funded research in excess of $17 million and has been awarded six U.S. patents. He is a highly sought-after speaker at international conferences and colloquia, and serves as the Editor of the journal Infection and Immunity.”

Dr. Adams was one of three faculty given the 2016 Distinguished University Professor designation. The other two are John Skvoretz, PhD, professor of sociology in the USF College of Arts and Sciences; and Dana Zeidler, PhD, professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning in the USF College of Education.