Dr. Monroe Duboise has been appointed to the 2012-13 University of Maine System Trustee Professorship. The appointment will offer him more time and resources as he continue to work on developing vaccines that will be more stable, inexpensive and easy to produce in a wide range of locations. This innovative global health and development research project is also being funded by a Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE) grant, awarded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. His research was recently featured in the Bangor Daily News (link to article).
Dr. Duboise is an Associate Professor in the USM Department of Applied Medical Sciences. He received his PhD in epidemiology of infectious disease from Yale University. A broadly trained microbiologist with a specific interest in bacteria and bacteriophages in extreme environments, his work has been funded by NSF, NIH, and NASA grants. His work has also integrated scientific research efforts with community outreach and promoting K-12 science education, giving science teachers access to learn to teach rigorous scientific research methods to their students.
The Professorship is devoted exclusively to honoring and supporting University of Maine System faculty already making noteworthy contributions to academic excellence on their campus. It was established in 1998 by the Board of Trustees to reward excellence among faculty members at each of the UMS campuses. The professorship enables the awardee to be released from a portion of his/her teaching duties for an academic year and provides funding to support a scholarly project, chosen by the named faculty member.