Francis Castellino receives CCOM Distinguished Alumnus Award for Achievement
Biochemistry alumus Dr. Francis Castellino has been selected recipient of the 2014 University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine Distinguished Alumnus Award for Achievement. Dr. Castellino received his MS and PhD degrees in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Iowa in 1966 and 1968, respectively, working under the direction of Professor Robert Barker. After a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at Duke University under the legendary Dr. Robert Hill, he accepted an Assistant Professor position in the Department of Chemistry at University of Notre Dame, where he launched his independent research program focused on the fundamental mechanisms of homeostasis – how coordinated biological processes in the body maintain internal conditions.
For the past four decades, Professor Castellino has successfully climbed the ladder of academic leadership at the University of Notre Dame, while simultaneously performing groundbreaking foundational research in medicine. Dr. Castellino is the Kleiderer/Pezold Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame, Director of the W.M. Keck Center for Transgene Research, and Dean emeritus of the College of Natural Science. His success in both research and administration stems from his passion for understanding fundamental biochemical processes in human beings. He has amplified his own accomplishments and those of others with his strong dedication to making the University of Notre Dame a rich academic environment.
Dr. Castellino will be honored by the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine at the Distinguished Alumni Award Ceremony held on Friday, June 6, 2014 at the Levitt Center for University Advancement. Following this ceremony, Dr. Castellino will present a special seminar to the Department of Biochemistry on “Subversion of Host Innate Immune Defense Systems by Virulence Factors of Streptococcus pyogenes” at 9:00am in 2189 MERF with a reception immediately following in the MERF Atruim.
Congratulations to Dr. Castellino on this well deserved honor.