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February 4, 2013

Louis De Felice to receive national honor for biophysics education

Louis J. De Felice, Ph.D.

Louis J. De Felice, Ph.D.

Louis J. De Felice, Ph.D., professor and vice chair of the Department of Physiology and Biophysics, will be honored by the Biophysical Society with its Emily M. Gray Award on Feb. 4 in Philadelphia at the Society’s annual meeting.

The Emily M. Gray Award is given for significant contributions to education in biophysics. De Felice was selected for his enduring and multifaceted efforts to encourage the development and dissemination of knowledge in biophysics through outreach and education. As this year’s awardee, he will present the keynote Emily M. Gray Lecture at the Student Symposium at the annual meeting.

De Felice, who also serves as assistant dean of graduate education in the medical school, was honored in 2012 by the School of Medicine with its Distinguished Mentor Award. Throughout his career, De Felice has been dedicated to advocating for students who come from disadvantaged or non-traditional backgrounds, and encouraging students who are uncertain they can achieve their dreams.

Krasnodara Cameron was a mother of two and several years out of the classroom when she first met De Felice in 2009. She was interested in pursuing a research career but unsure of her ability to re-enter school and balance her home life. She enrolled as a Ph.D. student and joined De Felice’s lab in 2011, and can now report that “because of his encouragement and amazing mentorship, I am already a co-author to a manuscript published in the British Journal of Pharmacology, a first author to a manuscript submitted for publication and I have presented our work in six regional and national meetings.”