Dr. Dennis R. Dean ’73 of Blacksburg, Va., the Stroobants Professor of Biotechnology and director of life sciences at Virginia Tech, has been named by his peers as Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).  “Dean was selected for this high honor by his peers for “his contributions to the fields of microbiology and bioinorganic chemistry involving the mechanisms of biological nitrogen fixation and the formation of biological iron-sulfur clusters.”  He will be formally honored on in February at the 2013 AAAS annual meeting in Boston, Mass.  Click here for the full press release.

Dennis has taught at Virginia Tech since 1985, and is currently a University Distinguished Professor and a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and director of life sciences at Virginia Tech.

After graduation from Wabash, Dennis was a pre-doctoral National Institutes Trainee at Purdue University where he earned a Ph.D. in molecular biology. He was a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Wisconsin and began his independent scientific career at the Kettering laboratory.


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