CIIDI Co-Director Awarded Distinguished Faculty Award for Research
Dr. Jonathan Moorman, Co-Director of the Center of Excellence in Inflammation, Infectious Disease and Immunity, was awarded the Distinguished Faculty Award for Research at this years faculty convocation. This award recognizes Dr. Moormans extraordinary work in translational research in the field of infectious diseases. Dr. Moorman and his labs specialize in chronic viral infections including HIV and Hepatitis C.
Dr. Moorman has published over 60 papers in several prestigious journals including: Hepatology, Journal of Immunology, Journal of Virology, Journal of Leukocyte Biology, Immunology and Cell Biology, and Vaccine. Additionally, he has been the Primary Investigator or Co-Primary Investigator responsible for over 4 million dollars in research funding while at ETSU.
Much research does not involve patients. To patients with infections, most studies are not relevant because they rely on a cell or animal model. Using actual blood from patients in our clinic leads to much faster potential treatments. HIV is the most prevalent virus in the world and causes death and misery. Patient-centered research can lead to discoveries to control and eventually cure HIV. Says Moorman.
In his nomination packet, several colleagues and fellow researchers spoke very highly of Moormans work. One contributor wrote, Dr. Moorman is a natural academician and physician scientist with vision and initiative. He is an established, imaginative, and productive researcher and scholar, and he is nationally renowned in the field of viral immunology research, particularly in viral hepatitis C.
Another nominator noted that one of Moormans greatest accomplishments has been the creation of the Center of Excellence in Inflammation, Infectious Disease and Immunity, a multidisciplinary research center established in 2015 to advance research, education and clinical applications in immune and infectious-related diseases.
Moorman is a summa cum laude graduate of Loyola University and received his M.D. degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine, where he also completed his residency training and a fellowship in infectious diseases. He earned a Ph.D. in molecular medicine from the University of Virginia in 2003.
Among his awards are the National Institutes of Health Mentored Clinician Scientist Award and becoming a finalist for the Burroughs Wellcome Career Research Scientist Award.