January 28, 2005

Ben Harris, PhD, was named a Regents Professor in the molecular biology and immunology department at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth.

The Regents Professor title is designated by the University of North Texas Board of Regents as the highest title that a UNT System professor can achieve.

Prior to being named a Regents professor, Dr. Harris had served as a professor at the health science center and the University of North Texas for 36 years. Dr. Harris came to the health science center from North Texas State University, where he had taught since 1968.

Dr. Harris served as associate dean of research for the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine for nine years and was acting chairman of the biochemistry department in 1984. Dr. Harris also served as course director of medical biochemistry for 10 years and was instrumental in developing TCOM curriculum in the areas of biochemistry and biochemical problem-solving. He has had research funding from the National Institutes of Health for 32 years and is an internationally-known expert in parasitic helminth biochemistry.

Dr. Harris has done three different research sabbaticals during his tenure at UNTHSC, one at the University of Wisconsin and two at the University of Konstanz in Konstanz, Germany.

With a bachelor of science degree in biological science from Southwestern State University, Dr. Harris earned his master of science degree in physiology and doctorate in physiology from Oklahoma State University. He did postdoctoral research at Rice University for two years before coming to North Texas.

A native of Oklahoma, Dr. Harris currently resides with his wife in Fort Worth.


Contact: Kay Colley 817-735-2553, cell 817-980-5090, e-mail kacolley@hsc.unt.edu.

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