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GGC professor wins lifetime achievement award

David Barnes

David Barnes

LAWRENCEVILLE — A Georgia Gwinnett College professor who has authored and co-authored more than 150 scientific articles on cell and molecular biology, was recently honored with a lifetime achievement award.

David Barnes received the recognition from the Society for In Vitro Biology at the 2014 World Forum on Biology held in Savannah. Barnes, who has also co-edited nine books on the subject, earned a doctorate from Vanderbilt University and a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of California at San Diego.

“Dr. Barnes has been invaluable in the development of our cell biology program,” Thomas Mundie, dean of GGC’s School of Science and Technology, said in a press release. “We were thrilled to hear of his selection.”

The SIVB focuses on biological research, development and applications of significance to science and society.

The Lifetime Achievement Award honors scientists who have achieved academic excellence in their field of study, made significant contributions to the field of in vitro biology, or in the development of novel technologies that have advanced in vitro biology.

“I am greatly honored by this recognition which represents not only my work, but the contributions of my students and co-workers as well,” Barnes said in the release. “GGC has afforded the opportunity to play a part in the development of an institution committed to fresh ideas and an atmosphere of educational experimentation, and my interactions with the students and faculty has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my career.”

Barnes has also received the American Cancer Society Junior and Senior Faculty Awards and a National Cancer Institute Research Career Development Award.

Before joining the GGC faculty in 2011, Barnes was a professor of biochemistry and biophysics at Oregon State University, and the director of Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology and the National Stem Cell Resource at the American Type Culture Collection, considered the world’s premier biological culture repository in Manassas, Va.