Dr. Jonathan Moorman from the Quillen College of Medicine is the recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award for Research. He joined the university faculty in 2001 and is currently a professor and vice chair for research and scholarship as well as chief of infectious diseases in the Department of Internal Medicine. He is also section chief for infectious diseases at the Quillen VA Medical Center.
Moorman’s research has focused primarily on mechanisms of immune evasion by chronic viral infection, and his scientific interests include clinical and basic aspects of hepatitis C infection and co-infection of hepatitis C and HIV.
“Dr. Moorman is a natural academician and physician scientist with vision and initiative,” a colleague wrote. “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.”
According to one nominator, Moorman is “truly a translational researcher taking the insights of the active clinician back to the laboratory where new approaches are developed that translate into new clinical management of disease.”
“Jon has done more than just talk about research, he has been proactive in advancing the research enterprise. Indeed, he has become a leader in the ETSU research community and serves as a role model for the clinician/scientist at ETSU,” another colleague wrote.
That nominator noted that one of Moorman’s 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 has published more than 60 articles in such prestigious journals as Hepatology, Journal of Immunology, Journal of Virology, Journal of Leukocyte Biology, Immunology and Cell Biology, and Vaccine.
During his tenure at ETSU, Moorman has served as primary investigator or co-primary investigator on several National Institutes of Health and Veterans Administration (VA) grants totaling over $4 million.
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.