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Professor receives reproduction society’s highest award

GriswoldPULLMAN, Wash. – Michael D. Griswold, Regents professor of molecular biosciences at Washington State University, is the 2013 recipient of the Carl G. Hartman Award from the Society for the Study of Reproduction.

He received the award today (July 22) at SSR’s annual international conference in Montreal. The society’s highest award recognizes an extraordinary research career and scholarly activities in the field of reproductive biology.

“Dr. Griswold exemplifies the best in research, teaching and educational mentoring at WSU and within the reproductive sciences,” said Bryan Slinker, dean of the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine, which includes the School for Molecular Biosciences. “This outstanding recognition from his peers and colleagues is further affirmation of his professional quality and commitment.”
 
Griswold is world-renowned for his contributions to the understanding of the cells that nourish developing sperm cells called Sertoli cells. For decades he has studied Sertoli cell structure and functions and the crucial role of vitamin A in sperm cell production.

His award-winning research has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health since 1977. As a result, he has mentored some of the world’s most promising and accomplished reproduction scientists, including seven for master’s degrees, 24 Ph.D. students and 26 postdoctoral fellows and research associates.

Griswold joined WSU’s faculty in 1976 as an assistant professor of biochemistry and basic medical sciences. Eventually earning full professorship, he served as chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics in 1994, director of the School of Molecular Biosciences in 1999 and dean of the College of Sciences 2003-2010. He was named a Regents professor in 2008, and in 2011 he received the WSU Eminent Faculty Award, the university’s highest faculty honor.

He has published more than 230 original scientific articles, book chapters and review articles.

 
 
 
 

Contact:
Charlie Powell, WSU College of Veterinary Medicine Public Information Officer, 509-335-7073, cpowell@vetmed.wsu.edu

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