October 11, 2011
SIU Med School Professor Receives Award
A faculty researcher at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine has received a lifetime achievement award for reproductive immunology research. Donald S. Torry, Ph.D., professor of medical microbiology, cell biology and immunology and obstetrics and gynecology, was given the award by the American Society for Reproductive Immunology at its annual meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The award is presented annually to a senior investigator who has made outstanding life-long contributions to the area of reproductive immunology.
Torry’s research has focused on understanding immunological and cellular mechanisms leading to pre-eclampsia during pregnancy. His laboratory has characterized different factors that regulate production of placenta growth factor and a soluble form of its receptor by the placenta in pregnant women who develop pre-eclampsia.
His research has been funded for 13 years by the National Institutes Health, American Heart Association and March of Dimes Birth Defect Foundation.
Torry joined the SIU faculty in 2000. He completed a three-year research fellowship in pathology at Harvard Medical School and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Mass. (1992). Torry completed his doctoral degree in microbiology and immunology as well as his master’s and bachelor’s degrees at SIU Carbondale (1989, 1985, 1982).
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