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Biology alumnus recognized for excellence in graduate studies at UAB

May 4, 2012

Juan Calix ’05, currently pursuing his doctorate at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical Scientist Training Program, has been selected to receive the 2012 UAB Samuel B. Barker Award for Excellence in Graduate Studies at the Doctoral Level. He will receive the award and be recognized as the outstanding student in the microbiology graduate program at the UAB Honors Convocation on May 11.

The Barker Award, named for UAB’s first graduate dean, Samuel Booth Barker, Ph.D., is given each spring to one doctorate student and one master’s student, both of whom expect to receive their degrees within the calendar year.

Calix currently works in the laboratory of pathologist Moon Nahm, M.D., and studies the dynamics of serotype evolution in streptococcus pneumoniae. In addition to his prolific publication record on bacterial infections, he works tirelessly on equal access for minorities to health care and is on the board of directors of a student-run free clinic.

He plans to continue his career in academic medicine in pediatric infectious diseases, focusing on vaccine development and host-pathogen interactions.

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