USF College of Public Health Professor Dr. Michael White is one of three senior faculty members recently selected as Distinguished USF Health Professors for 2015-16. He is joined by Drs. Paula Bickford and Jorge Lockhart.
The designation recognizes outstanding faculty who have clearly distinguished themselves in their fields and are known nationally and internationally for their research and scholarly activity.
Dr. Michael White is professor of global health and member of the USF Center for Drug Discovery and Innovation. He is internationally recognized in the field of microbial genomics and cell biology with a strong track record of publication and NIH funding. Dr. White’s research focuses on the human pathogen Toxoplasma gondii, which has emerged as the leading genetic model organism for studying the biology of apicomplexan parasites causing malaria, toxoplasmosis and cryptosporidiosis as well as several veterinary diseases. Dr. White and colleagues were the first to uncover part of the mysterious process by which T. gondii spreads at explosive and potentially deadly rates inside humans and other animals.
Since coming to USF in 2009, Dr. White has emerged as a leader in several areas of parasitology research, including development and application of genomic-scale technologies and use of large-scale screening approaches to dissect transcriptional mechanisms, signaling pathways and cell cycle regulation.
Dr. White just concluded serving as chair of the NIH Eukaryotic Pathogens Study Section, which covers research on all parasitic and fungal infections. He is a member of the Genome Consortium for T. gondii.
The Distinguished USF Health Professor award recognizes senior faculty across all USF Health colleges and programs for their substantial achievements in the areas of research, teaching and service. Faculty members are nominated by their deans, recommended by their peers and selected through a rigorous process of internal and external review of each nominee’s credentials.
In addition to receiving a $5,000 base salary adjustment, Drs. Bickford, Lockhart and White are invited to give a USF Health address during the academic year, and are granted the State University System title of Distinguished USF Health Professor. A commemorative medallion will be awarded to each at the Annual Research Day Lectureship in February.