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Jeff Murray and Stan Perlman receive Regents Award for Faculty Excellence

Date: Wednesday, April 28, 2021

The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, honored six University of Iowa faculty members, including Jeff Murray, MD, and Stan Perlman, MD, PhD, for their exceptional contributions and sustained record of excellence. Each recipient received $1,000 and will be honored at a special awards celebration.

The recipients were selected by committees appointed by shared governance in collaboration with the UI administration and confirmed by the Board of Regents.

Jeff Murray, portraitJeffrey Murray, MD, joined the University of Iowa in 1984 and is a professor in the Department of Pediatrics. In 1994, Murray published the first complete genetic linkage map of the human genome and discovered the genetic basis of craniofacial anomalies, eye diseases, and language disorders. His work gained international recognition and, from 2014 to 2018, he was the deputy director of discovery and translational sciences at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Under his leadership, trainees from across the country and world come to his lab at Iowa where he trains the next generation of physicians and scientists.

Stanley Perlman, portraitStanley Perlman, MD, PhD, a 39-year member of the University of Iowa faculty, is a professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, where he holds the Mark Stinski Chair in Virology with a secondary appointment in the Department of Pediatrics. Perlman is one of the world’s leaders in coronavirus research and was poised to make important contributions to the pandemic. In a recent article in Nature, his lab developed a model that will allow scientists to gain a better understanding of COVID-19 and develop and test treatments. Perlman has been a national voice during the pandemic, being interviewed by ABC News, CBS This Morning, NPR, The New York Times, and many others. In addition to his international spotlight, Perlman remains a role model in the department for research, education, and academic service. He has served on the graduate thesis committee of 74 trainees and mentored 22 PhD students and more than 14 postdoctoral fellows.