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December 2000

Donald S. Torry, Ph.D., Donal Torry, Ph.D., portrait has joined the faculty at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine as an associate professor of medical microbiology and immunology and of obstetrics and gynecology. [Note: He has since been promoted to professor.]

Previously, he was an assistant professor of immunology and an associate protessor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Tennessee (UT) Graduate School of Medicine in Knoxville, Tenn. (1993-2000, 1999-2000). He also has held UT faculty appointments in comparative and experimental medicine (1994-2000), physiology (1993-95), and life sciences graduate (1997‑2000) programs.

Torry completed his doctorate in microbiology and immunology at SIU Carbondale (1989) as well as his master's and bachelor's degrees (1985, 1983). He also completed a three year research fellowship in pathology at Harvard Medical School and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Mass. (1992).

He is treasurer and president-elect of the American Society for the Immunology of Reproduction, and is a member of the International Federation of Placental Associations, the Society for the Study of Reproduction and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Torry serves on the editorial board for the American Journal for Reproductive Immunology.

Torry is the recipient of 11 research grants as well as two multi-year grants from the National Institutes of Health and the American Heart Association. He also is the senior author of 24 journal articles and chapters and 29 abstracts, and a contributing author of 9 papers and 14 abstracts. He received the J. Christian Herr Award for Excellence in Basic or Applied Research in Reproductive Immunology from the American Society for Reproductive Immunology (1999).

A native of Washington, Ill., Torry and his wife, Lisa, are parents of five children: Kyle, Danielle, Kayla, Madison and Alexander.