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Lorenz named 2020 McGovern teaching award winner

Students from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences have selected Michael C. Lorenz, PhD, as the recipient of the 2020 John P. McGovern Award for Outstanding Teaching.

Lorenz is a professor in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at the McGovern Medical School at UTHealth. He has been a faculty member at the Graduate School since 2003 and is the co-director of the GSBS Program in Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.  He is also affiliated with the GSBS Program in Immunology.

In 2015, he received the UT Regents’ Outstanding Teach Award, an honor that recognizes faculty members at UT System institutions who have demonstrated dedication to innovation and advancing excellence.

His current research focuses on Candida albicans, a significant fungal pathogen in humans. While most infections are acquired from environmental exposure, C. albicans is a natural part of the human microbiota. Lorenz’s work investigates how C. albicans modulates immune cell function to promote development and dissemination of infection.

"This is an amazing honor, especially coming from the students, said Lorenz. “I am humbled to have been chosen amongst all the other wonderfully dedicated faculty at the school."

Every year GSBS students nominate and vote for the winner of the McGovern Award for Outstanding Teaching. The award recognizes excellence in teaching based on the following criteria: knowledge of the subject, interest in and enthusiasm for teaching, interest in and understanding of students, responsiveness to student questions and encouragement of independent thinking, and accessibility to students.

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