Hansen first to hold Schein Professorship

By Kristen Holland Shear  

Dr. Eric Hansen, professor of microbiology, has been appointed first holder of the Lorraine Sulkin Schein Distinguished Professorship in Microbial Pathogenesis.

"It's an honor and a privilege to be the first recipient," said Dr. Hansen, who studies bacterial pathogenesis. "It will significantly enhance our research because it gives us the ability to pursue certain lines of investigation that might otherwise be difficult to achieve."

Dr. Eric Hansen

Dr. Michael Norgard, chairman of microbiology, said the appointment is well-deserved.

"Dr. Hansen for decades has been internationally recognized for his pioneering work in bacterial pathogenesis," said Dr. Norgard, holder of the B.B. Owen Distinguished Chair in Molecular Research. "He has been an anchor in the Department of Microbiology, a mentor and role model, and he has served the medical center for 29 years with great professionalism. I am thrilled that Dr. Hansen's many contributions to UT Southwestern and to infectious disease research can be formally recognized by this new distinguished professorship." 

Dr. Hansen's research group is interested in understanding the molecular basis of microbial virulence in order to develop new ways to either prevent or treat bacterial diseases. 

A native of Chicago, Dr. Hansen earned a doctorate in microbiology from the University of Michigan. He joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 1979.