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Guy Caldwell '86 Named a Distinguished Professor

Guy Caldwell, who graduated from Washington and Lee University in 1986, has been named a University Distinguished Research Professor at the University of Alabama.

Guy, professor of biological sciences at UA, is internationally known for his research and expertise on malfunction in basic cellular mechanisms associated with diseases of the nervous system, particularly movement disorders like Parkinson’s and dystonia.

This title recognizes UA faculty who have achieved international accomplishments in their field and have received extensive peer recognition for their scholarly contributions and noteworthy academic service. Guy is one of only two UA faculty members to currently hold this title.

“Professor Caldwell’s appointment as University Distinguished Research Professor follows important national recognitions for his innovations in both research and teaching,” said Robert Olin, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “These include a prestigious NSF CAREER Award and appointment as CASE Professor of the Year for the state of Alabama. We congratulate Professor Caldwell on this further recognition of his work and continue to look forward to great things from the Caldwell lab at UA.”

Guy joined UA’s department of biological sciences in 1999 and has received contracts and grants worth more than $5.6 million to support his research and that of his students. He has authored or co-authored three books, 11 book chapters, and more than 70 refereed publications in scientific journals, and has given more than 200 invited lectures and presentations at national and international conferences.

You can read more about Caldwell’s lab (a.k.a. the Worm Shack) and his research at the UA website.