VISHWANATHA SELECTED FOR INDO-US PROFESSORSHIP

April 11, 2005

Jamboor K. Vishwanatha, PhD, professor and associate dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, was selected for the Indo-US Professorships by the American Society for Microbiology.

Dr. Vishwanatha traveled to Kharagpur, India, in January to teach a short course on Genomics and Proteomics in Biomedical Research at the Indian Institute of Technology. The course was attended by 80 faculty members and students Jan. 12 through Jan. 15.

Joining Dr. Vishwanatha were Neeraj Agarwal, PhD, associate professor of cell biology and genetics at the health science center, and Abhijit Banarjee, PhD, assistant professor of oral biology at the University of Manitoba.

The Indo-US Professorship is sponsored by the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum. The program allows microbiologists in India and the United States to exchange visits to institutions in each country to teach a short, interactive course on a topic in any of the microbiological disciplines.

â??The professorship enabled me to conduct the short course, disseminate information about the programs at the American Society for Microbiology, and to highlight research and educational activities at the health science center,â? Dr. Vishwanatha said. â??The IIT-Kharagpur Alumni Foundation, based here in the states, also lent their support to the short course.â?

During the visit, Dr. Vishwanatha held discussions with the director of the Indian Institute of Technology to establish a memorandum of understanding between the health science center and the institute that would enable students and faculty to participate in exchange programs and collaborate on research.

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

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