John M. Quarles Appointed Head of the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology at College of Medicine

June 2, 2003

John M. Quarles, Ph.D., has been appointed head of the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology in the College of Medicine at The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center by Christopher Colenda, M.D., M.P.H., dean of the College. The appointment is effective as of June 1, 2003.
Dr. Quarles has served as interim head of the department since 1999 and was uniformly recommended for the position by the faculty of the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology. Under his leadership, the department has experienced continued growth in the areas of faculty recruitment. The department’s research portfolio and total direct expenditures have grown substantially as well.
Dr. Quarles received his Ph.D. in microbiology from Michigan State University in 1973, his master of science in bacteriology in 1965 and bachelor of science in bacteriology in 1963, both from Florida State University. He has been with the College of Medicine since 1973 and currently serves as director for the Center for Flow Cytometry and Image Analysis, professor in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, and interim dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the A&M System Health Science Center.
Dr. Quarles was named Outstanding Lecturer for the College of Medicine in 1984, Best Lecturer in 1987, Favorite Lecturer 1990, and Best Professor in 1991. He also received the Distinguished Teaching Award from the Association of Former Students at Texas A&M University in 1988 and served as speaker of the Texas A&M University Faculty Senate in 1992 – 93.
The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center serves the state as a distributed, statewide health science center which has a presence in communities throughout Texas. The health science center includes five components which are dedicated to meeting the highest standards in health education, outreach and research: the College of Medicine, Baylor College of Dentistry, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, the Institute of Biosciences and Technology and the School of Rural Public Health.

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